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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Kirkiaceae
Genus: Kirkia
Species: K. acuminata – K. burgeri – K. dewinteri – K. leandrii – K. tenuifolia – K. wilmsii

Kirkia Oliv., Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 1: 310. (1868)

Type species: Kirkia acuminata Oliv., Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 1: 311. (1868)


Pleiokirkia Capuron
Tetraspis Chiov.


Oliver, D. 1868. Flora of Tropical Africa 1: 310.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Kirkia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 29. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Kirkia. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 29 2021.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Kirkia (Kirkiaceae) in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.

Kirkia is a genus of plant in family Kirkiaceae. It was previously placed in family Simaroubaceae, but was transferred into Kirkiaceae, together with Pleiokirkia, because these genera produce neither quassinoids nor limonoids.

It contains the following species (6[1]), but this list may be incomplete):

Kirkia acuminata Oliv., 1868,[2] South Africa (Transvaal), Namibia, Botswana, SW-Angola, SE-D.R. Congo (Zaire), Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique [3]
Kirkia burgeri B. Stannard [2] Ethiopia; Somalia[4]
Kirkia dewinteri Merxm. & Heine, 1960 [2] Namibia [5]
Kirkia leandrii (Capuron) Stannard, 2007 [2] Madagascar;[6] syn.: Pleiokirkia leandrii Capuron, 1961 [7][8]
Kirkia tenuifolia Engl., 1902 [2] SE-Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya [9]
Kirkia wilmsii Engl.,[2] South Africa (Transvaal) [10]


'Kirkia' is also the name of 'The Zimbabwe Journal of Botany', published by the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe. Since 1960 to the present day and written in English.[11][12]

The Flowering Plants Handbook
[1] Catalogue of Life: 2017 Annual Checklist Genus Kirkia
Catalogue of Life: 2017 Annual Checklist Kirkia acuminata
IUCN Red List Kirkia burgeri
IUCN Red List Kirkia dewinteri
Tropicos Pleiokirkia leandrii
Catalogue of Life: 2017 Annual Checklist Kirkia tenuifolia
Catalogue of Life: 2017 Annual Checklist Kirkia wilmsii
"Kirkia; The Zimbabwe Journal of Botany. Harare, Zimbabwe | International Plant Names Index". Retrieved 22 May 2020.
"Kirkia : journal of the Federal Herbarium, Salisbury, Rhodesia and Nyasaland". Retrieved 22 May 2020.

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