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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: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Rauvolfioideae
Tribus: Hunterieae
Genus: Pleiocarpa
Species: P. bicarpellata – P. brevistyla – P. mutica – P. picralimoides – P. pycnantha – P. rostrata

Pleiocarpa Benth. in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 2: 699 (1876)

Type species: Pleiocarpa mutica Benth., Hooker's Icon. Pl. 12: t. 1181 (1876)


Carpodinopsis Pichon, Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 27: 142 (1953)


Bentham, G. 1876. Genera Plantarum 2: 685, 699.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Pleiocarpa in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Oct. 18. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Pleiocarpa. Published online. Accessed: Oct. 18 2017. 2017. Pleiocarpa. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Oct. 18.

Pleiocarpa is a genus of plant in the family Apocynaceae first described as a genus in 1876. It is native to tropical Africa from Senegal to Tanzania and south to Zimbabwe.[1] As of August 2013 the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families recognises 6 species:[4]


Pleiocarpa bicarpellata Stapf - Cabinda, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Zaire, Kenya
Pleiocarpa brevistyla Omino - Gabon
Pleiocarpa mutica Benth. - Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo
Pleiocarpa picralimoides (Pichon) Omino - Cabinda, Republic of Congo, Gabon
Pleiocarpa pycnantha (K.Schum) Stapf - widespread across most of tropical Africa
Pleiocarpa rostrata Benth. - Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon

formerly included in genus[4]

Pleiocarpa camerunensis (K.Schum. ex Hallier f.) Stapf = Hunteria camerunensis K.Schum. ex Hallier f.
Pleiocarpa hockii De Wild. - Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd
Pleiocarpa simii (Stapf) Stapf ex Hutch. & Dalziel = Hunteria simii (Stapf) H.Huber


"Pleiocarpa", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 18 August 2013
1910 illustration from M.S. del., J.N.Fitch lith. - Curtis's Botanical Magazine, London., vol. 136 [= ser. 4, vol. 6]: Tab. 8343
"World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Retrieved May 18, 2014.
Search for "Pleiocarpa", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 18 August 2013

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