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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Rubiaceae
Subfamilia: Ixoroideae
Tribus: Cordiereae
Genus: Alibertia
Species: A. atlantica – A. bertierifolia – A. claviflora – A. curviflora – A. duckeana – A. dwyeri – A. edulis – A. latifolia – A. occidentalis – A. patinoi – A. pilosa – A. rotunda – A. sorbilis – A. stipularis – A. subaurea – A. tessmannii – A. utleyorum – A. venezuelensis – A. verticillata

Alibertia A.Rich. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 443. (1830)

Type species: Alibertia edulis (Rich.) A.Rich. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 443 (1830)


Genipella Rich. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 443 (1830)
Gardeniola Cham., Linnaea 9: 247 (1834)
Scepseothamnus Cham., Linnaea 9: 248 (1834)
Thieleodoxa Cham., Linnaea 9: 251 (1834)
Garapatica H.Karst., Fl. Columb. 1: 57 (1860)
Borojoa Cuatrec., Secr. Agric. Gan. Colomb. Serv. Divulg. Ser. Bot. Aplic. 2: 474 (1949)

Native distribution areas:

Northern America
Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest, Mexico Southeast.
Southern America
Central America
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.
Cuba, Southwest Caribbean, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Islands.
Northern South America
French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela,
Western South America
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.
Brazil West-Central, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil North, Brazil South.
Southern South America

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


Richard, A. 1830. Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis ... (DC.) 4: 443.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Alibertia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 20. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Alibertia. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 20 2019.
Persson, C. H. & Delprete, P.G. 2017. The Alibertia Group (Gardenieae-Rubiaceae) – Part 1 (Agouticarpa, Alibertia, Cordiera, Melanopsidium, Riodocea, and Stenosepala). Flora Neotropica, Monograph 119: 1–241. Organization for Flora Neotropica by The New York Botanical Garden. ISBN 978-0-89327-537-2 Reference page.
Taylor, C.M., Sánchez-González, J., Hammel, B., Lorence, D.H., Persson, C., Delprete, P.G. & Gereau, R.E. 2011. Rubiacearum Americanarum Magna Hama Pars XXVIII: New taxa, new combinations, new names, and lectotypification for several species found in Mexico and Central America. Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature 21(1): 133-148. DOI: 10.3417/2009129 Reference page. 2019. Alibertia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 20.

Alibertia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. It is found in tropical America.[1] They are dioecious trees or shrubs, with white flowers and indehiscent, often fleshy fruit.[2]

The following species are currently recognized:[3]

Alibertia atlantica (Dwyer) Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia bertierifolia K.Schum. in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.)
Alibertia claviflora K.Schum. in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.)
Alibertia curviflora K.Schum. in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.)
Alibertia duckeana Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia dwyeri Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia edulis (Rich.) A.Rich. ex DC.
Alibertia latifolia (Benth.) K.Schum. in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.)
Alibertia occidentalis Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia patinoi (Cuatrec.) Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia sorbilis Huber ex Ducke
Alibertia tessmannii (Standl.) Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia venezuelensis (Steyerm.) Delprete & C.H.Perss.
Alibertia verticillata (Ducke) W.Schultze-Motel


Grandtner, M. M.; Chevrette, Julien (2013). Dictionary of Trees, Volume 2: South America: Nomenclature, Taxonomy and Ecology. Academic Press. pp. 22–23. ISBN 9780123969545.
Persson, Claes (2000). "Phylogeny of the Neotropical Alibertia Group (Rubiaceae), with Emphasis on the Genus Alibertia, Inferred from ITS and 5S Ribosomal DNA Sequences". American Journal of Botany. 87 (7): 1018–1028. doi:10.2307/2657002. JSTOR 2657002. PMID 10898780.
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