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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: Rubioideae
Tribus: Palicoureeae
Genus: Carapichea
Species: C. ipecacuanha

Carapichea Aubl.

Nettlera Raf., Sylva Tellur.: 147 (1838), nom. superfl.
Ipecacuanha Raf., Sylva Tellur.: 147 (1838)
Stachyococcus Standl., Publ. Field Columb. Mus., Bot. Ser. 13(6): 144 (1936


Hist. Pl. Guiane 1: 167, t. 64. 1775
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Carapichea in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Carapichea is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. It is native to Central America and northern South America from Nicaragua to Brazil.[1] One species, Carapichea ipecacuanha, is used medicinally as the source of ipecac, a powerful emetic.

Species include:[2]

Carapichea adinantha
Carapichea affinis (Standl.) L.Andersson - Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil
Carapichea altsonii
Carapichea araguariensis
Carapichea crebinervia
Carapichea dolichophylla (Standl.) C.M.Taylor - Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Carapichea fimbriflora
Carapichea franquevilleana
Carapichea guianensis Aubl. - Suriname, French Guiana, Amapá, Pará
Carapichea ipecacuanha (Brot.) L.Andersson - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Brazil
Carapichea klugii
Carapichea ligularis (Rudge) Delprete - Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana
Carapichea lucida J.G.Jardim & Zappi - Bahia
Carapichea maturacensis
Carapichea necopinata
Carapichea nivea
Carapichea pacimonica
Carapichea panurensis
Carapichea sandwithiana
Carapichea tillettii
Carapichea urniformis
Carapichea vasivensis
Carapichea verrucosa


Aublet, Jean Baptiste Christophe Fusée. 1775. Histoire des Plantes de la Guiane Françoise 1: 167, pl. 64.
Carapichea. Selected Rubiaceae Tribes and Genera. Tropicos.

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