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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Gentianales
Familia: Rubiaceae
Subfamilia: Cinchonoideae
Tribus: Rondeletieae
Genus: Rondeletia
Species: R. amoena - R. odorata - R. roezlii - R. rufescens - R. stipularis


Rondeletia L.

Rondeletia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. It is endemic to the neotropics.[1] There are around 160 species.[2]

Rondeletia odorata is widely grown as an ornamental.[3] Several other species are also known in cultivation.[4]

Rondeletia was named in 1753 by Linnaeus in his book, Species Plantarum.[5] [6] This genus name commemorates the French physician Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566).[7]

The type species for Rondeletia is Rondeletia americana.[8] It is little known and rarely collected.

The circumscription of Rondeletia has varied greatly from one author to another. Rogiera, Arachnothryx, and a few others have been included in Rondeletia by some authors, but molecular phylogenetic studies have shown that they are closer to Guettarda than to Rondeletia, and they are now recognized as separate genera.[9] Even with these segregates removed, Rondeletia remains polyphyletic and will be substantially revised after further phylogenetic study.


* Rondeletia americana
* Rondeletia gracilis
* Rondeletia odorata
* Rondeletia roezlii
* Rondeletia stipularis


1. ^ David J. Mabberley. 2008. Mabberley's Plant-Book third edition (2008). Cambridge University Press: UK. ISBN 978-0-521-82071-4
2. ^ Rondeletia At: World Checklist of Rubiaceae At: Kew Gardens Website. (see External links below).
3. ^ George W. Staples and Derral R. Herbst "A Tropical Garden Flora" Bishop Museum Press: Honolulu (2005)
4. ^ Anthony J. Huxley, Mark Griffiths, and Margot Levy (editors). 1992. The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. The Macmillan Press Limited, London; The Stockton Press, New York. ISBN 978-0-333-47494-5 (set)
5. ^ Rondeletia in International Plant Names Index. (see External links below).
6. ^ Carolus Linnaeus. 1753. Species Plantarum (Species plantarum : exhibentes plantas rite cognitas ad genera relatas, cum diferentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas / Caroli Linnæe.): 1:172. Holmiae: Impensis Laurentii Salvii: Stockholm, Sweden. (see External links below).
7. ^ Umberto Quattrocchi. 2000. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names volume IV. CRC Press: Boca Raton; New York; Washington,DC;, USA. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-8493-2673-8 (set). (see External links below).
8. ^ Rondeletia In: Index Nominum Genericorum. In: Regnum Vegetabile (see External links below).
9. ^ Ulrika Manns and Birgitta Bremer. 2010. "Towards a better understanding of intertribal relationships and stable tribal delimitations within Cinchonoideae s.s. (Rubiaceae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56(1):21-39. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.04.002

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