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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Commelinaless

Familia: Commelinaceae
Subfamilia: Commelinoideae
Tribus: Commelineae
Genus: Buforrestia
Species: B. candolleana – B. mannii – B. obovata

Buforrestia C.B.Clarke in Candolle & Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 3: 233 (1881)

Type species: Buforrestia mannii C.B.Clarke in Candolle & Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 3: 233 (1881)


Clarke, C.B. (1881) Monographiae Phanerogamarum 3: 120, 233. BHL
Govaerts, R. et al. 2015. Buforrestia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2015 Sept. 2. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2015. Buforrestia. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 2 2015. 2015. Buforrestia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2015 Sept. 2.

Buforrestia is a genus of perennial monocotyledonous flowering plants in the dayflower family. The genus contains three known species, with two found in West and Central Africa and one in northeastern South America.[2]

All three occur in tropical closed forest understory. They are most easily distinguished from other genera in the family by their inflorescences that pierce through the leaf sheaths, zygomorphic flowers with three short stamens above and three longer stamens below, and sepals that persist and increase in size as the fruit develops.[3]

Phylogenetic analyses give weak support to the notion that it may form a clade with the genera Stanfieldiella and Floscopa. All three of these genera have six fertile stamens and lack hook-shaped hairs, while Floscopa and Buforrestia both have a unique type of glandular hair and polymorphic petals. However, further work is needed to be certain of relationships.[4]


Buforrestia candolleana C.B.Clarke - Suriname, French Guiana
Buforrestia mannii C.B.Clarke - Nigeria Cameroon, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Bioko
Buforrestia obovata Brenan - Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Gabon


illustration accompanying the original publication of the genus: C.B. Clarke in Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle; Lithography by A. Leuba - Table VI from C.B. Clarke's treatment of Commelinaceae in Monographiæ phanerogamarum, 1881
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Faden, Robert B. (1998), "Commelinaceae", in Kubitzki, Klaus (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, vol. 4, Berlin: Springer, pp. 109–128, ISBN 3-540-64061-4
Evans, Timothy M.; Sytsma, Kenneth J.; Faden, Robert B.; Givnish, Thomas J. (2003), "Phylogenetic Relationships in the Commelinaceae: II. A Cladistic Analysis of rbcL Sequences and Morphology", Systematic Botany, 28 (2): 270–292, doi:10.1043/0363-6445-28.2.270

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