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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: Coffeeae
Genera: ArgocoffeopsisBelonophoraCalycosiphoniaCoffeaDiplosporaDiscospermum – Empogona – Kupeantha – NostolachmaSericantheTricalysia


Coffeeae DC., Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 9: 217. (1807) as les cofféacées (coffeaceae)

Type genus: Coffea L., Sp. Pl. 1: 172. (1753)


Candolle, A.P. de 1807. Annales du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle 9: 217.
Arriola, A.H., Davis, A.P., Davies, N.M.J., Meve, U., Liede-Schumann, S. & Alejandro, G.J.D. 2018. Using multiple plastid DNA regions to construct the first phylogenetic tree for Asian genera of Coffeeae (Ixoroideae, Rubiaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 188(2): 132-143. DOI: 10.1093/botlinnean/boy059 Open access Reference page.
Cheek, M., Alvarez-Aguirre, M.G., Grall, A., Sonké, B., Howes, M.J.R. & Larridon, I. 2018. Kupeantha (Coffeeae, Rubiaceae), a new genus from Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. PloS one 13(6), p.e0199324. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199324 Reference page.
Davis, A.P., Chester, M., Maurin, O. & Fay, M.F. 2007. Searching for the relatives of Coffea (Rubiaceae, Ixoroideae): the circumscription and phylogeny of Coffeeae based on plastid sequence data and morphology. American Journal of Botany 94(3): 313–329. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.94.3.313 Open access Reference page.
Davis, A.P., Tosh, J., Ruch, N. & Fay, M.F. 2011. Growing coffee: Psilanthus (Rubiaceae) subsumed on the basis of molecular and morphological data; implications for the size, morphology, distribution and evolutionary history of Coffea. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 167(4): 357-377. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01177.x Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Coffeeae. Published online. Accessed: Dec. 27 2018.
Kainulainen, K., Razafimandimbison, S.G. & Bremer, B. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships and new tribal delimitations in subfamily Ixoroideae (Rubiaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173(3): 387-406. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12038 PDF Reference page.
Mouly, A., Kainulainen, K., Persson, C., Davis, A.P., Wong, K.M., Razafimandimbison, S.G. & Bremer, B. 2014. Phylogenetic structure and clade circumscriptions in the Gardenieae complex (Rubiaceae). Taxon 63(4): 801-818. DOI: 10.12705/634.4 PDF Reference page.
Tosh, J., Davis, A.P., Dessein, S., De Block, P., Huysmans, S., Fay, M.F., Smets, E. & Robbrecht, E., 2009. Phylogeny of Tricalysia (Rubiaceae) and its relationships with allied genera based on plastid DNA data: Resurrection of the genus Empogona. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 96(1): 194-213. JSTOR PDF Reference page.

Coffeeae is a tribe of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae and contains about 303 species in 11 genera. Its representatives are found in tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, the western Indian Ocean, tropical and subtropical Asia, and Queensland.[1]

Currently accepted names[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Argocoffeopsis Lebrun (10 sp)
Belonophora Hook.f. (5 sp)
Calycosiphonia Pierre ex Robbr. (3 sp)
Coffea L. (124 sp)
Diplospora DC. (23 sp)
Discospermum Dalzell (7 sp)
Empogona Hook.f. (28 sp)
Nostolachma T.Durand (6 sp)
Sericanthe Robbr. (17 sp)
Tricalysia A.Rich. ex DC. (78 sp)
Xantonnea Pierre ex Pit. (2 sp)


Paracoffea J.-F.Leroy = Coffea
Psilanthus Hook.f. = Coffea


"World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved October 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
Robbrecht E, Manen JF (2006). "The major evolutionary lineages of the coffee family (Rubiaceae, angiosperms). Combined analysis (nDNA and cpDNA) to infer the position of Coptosapelta and Luculia, and supertree construction based on rbcL, rps16, trnL-trnF and atpB-rbcL data. A new classification in two subfamilies, Cinchonoideae and Rubioideae". Systematic Geography of Plants. 76: 85–146.
Davis AP, Chester M, Maurin O, Fay MF (2007). "Searching for the relatives of Coffea (Rubiaceae, Ixoroideae): the circumscription and phylogeny of Coffeeae based on plastid sequence data and morphology". American Journal of Botany. 94 (3): 313–329. doi:10.3732/ajb.94.3.313. PMID 21636404.
Tosh J, Davis AP, Dessein S (2007). "Phylogeny of Tricalysia: Resurrection of the genus Empogona". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 96: 194–213. doi:10.3417/2006202.
Bremer B (2009). "A review of molecular phylogenetic studies of Rubiaceae". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 96: 4–26. doi:10.3417/2006197.
Bremer B, Eriksson E (2009). "Time tree of Rubiaceae: phylogeny and dating the family, subfamilies, and tribes". International Journal of Plant Sciences. 170 (6): 766–793. doi:10.1086/599077.

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