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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: Vanguerieae
Genus: Keetia
Species: K. acuminata – K. angustifolia – K. bakossiorum – K. bridsoniae – K. carmichaelii – K. cornelia – K. ferruginea – K. foetida – K. gracilis – K. gueinzii – K. hispida – K. inaequilatera – K. koritschoneri – K. leucantha – K. lukei – K. lulandensis – K. mannii – K. molundensis – K. multiflora – K. namoyae – K. obovata – K. ornata – K. procteri – K. purpurascens – K. purseglovei – K. ripae – K. rubens – K. rufivillosa – K. rwandensis – K. tenuiflora – K. venosa – K. venosissima – K. zanzibarica

Keetia E.Phillips, Gen. S. Afr. Fl. Pl. 587. (1926) et Bothalia, 2. 368. (1927)

Type species: Keetia gueinzii (Sond.) Bridson, Kew Bull. 41: 970 (1986)

Native distribution areas:

West Tropical Africa
Benin, Burkina, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierre Leone, Togo.
West-Central Tropical Africa
Burundi, Cabinda, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaïre.
Northeast Tropical Africa
Ethiopia, Sudan.
East Tropical Africa
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.
South Tropical Africa
Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Southern Africa
Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Northern Provinces.

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

Phillips, E.P. 1926. The Genera of South African Flowering Plants 587.
African Plants Database (version 3.4.0). Keetia. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 26.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Keetia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Keetia. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 26 2019. 2019. Keetia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jan. 26.

Keetia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. It consists of climbers or scrambling shrubs, rarely small trees.


The genus has a wide distribution area and occurs in tropical and southern Africa.

It was originally described by Edwin Percy Phillips in 1926[1] and is named after J.D.M Keet, a South African forester and plant collector.[2] The type species was Keetia transvaalensis, which received its name from the region it was first collected, but is now included in Keetia gueinzii.[3]

Keetia abouabou Cheek
Keetia acuminata Bridson
Keetia angustifolia Bridson
Keetia bakossiorum Cheek
Keetia bridsoniae Jongkind
Keetia carmichaelii Bridson
Keetia cornelia (Cham. & Schltdl.) Bridson
Keetia ferruginea Bridson
Keetia foetida Bridson
Keetia futa Cheek
Keetia gracilis Bridson
Keetia gueinzii (Sond.) Bridson
Keetia hispida (Benth.)Bridson
Keetia inaequilatera (Hutch. & Dalziel) Bridson
Keetia koritschoneri Bridson
Keetia leucantha (K.Krause) Bridson
Keetia lukei Bridson
Keetia lulandensis Bridson
Keetia mannii (Hiern) Bridson
Keetia molundensis (K.Krause) Bridson
Keetia multiflora (Schumach. & Thonn.) Bridson
Keetia namoyae O.Lachenaud & Q.Luke
Keetia obovata Jongkind
Keetia ornata Bridson
Keetia procteri Bridson
Keetia purpurascens (Bullock) Bridson
Keetia purseglovei Bridson
Keetia ripae (De Wild.) Bridson
Keetia rubens (Hiern) Bridson
Keetia rufivillosa (Robyns ex Hutch. & Dalziel) Bridson
Keetia rwandensis Bridson
Keetia susu Cheek
Keetia tenuiflora (Welw. ex Hiern) Bridson
Keetia venosa (Oliv.) Bridson
Keetia venosissima (Hutch. & Dalziel) Bridson
Keetia zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Bridson


Phillips EP. 1926 "The genera of South African flowering plants, Edition 2." Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa 10.
Gunn M, Codd LE (1981). Botanical exploration of southern Africa. Cape Town: Balkema.
Tilney PM, Van Wyk AE (2009). "Taxonomy of the genus Keetia (Rubiaceae-subfam. Ixoroideae-tribe Vanguerieae) in southern Africa, with notes on bacterial symbiosis as well as the structure of colleters and the stylar head complex". Bothalia. 39 (2): 165–175. doi:10.4102/abc.v39i2.242. hdl:2263/13491.

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