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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: Psydrax
Species: Psydrax subcordatus
Varietates: P. s. var. connatus – P. s. var. subcordatus

Psydrax subcordatus (DC.) Bridson, Kew Bull. 40(4): 698 (1985)

Typus: Leprieur & Perrottet s.n. ([May 1826]; P {P00546364(JSTOR), P00546365(JSTOR), P00546366(JSTOR)}).
Type locality: In sylvis humidis Africæ æquin. prope Albreda Gambiæ.


Canthium subcordatum DC., Prodr. 4: 473 (1830)
Plectronia subcordata (DC.) K.Schum., Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas C: 386 (1895)

Native distribution areas:

West Tropical Africa
Benin, Burkina, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
West-Central Tropical Africa
Cabinda, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Rwanda, Zaïre
Northeast Tropical Africa
Chad, Sudan
East Tropical Africa
South Tropical Africa
Angola, Zambia

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

De Candolle, A.P. 1830. Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis, sive enumeratio contracta ordinum, generum, specierumque plantarum huc usque cognitarum, juxta methodi naturalis normas digesta. Pars 4: Sistens Calyciflorarum ordines X. 683 pp. Treuttel et Würtz, Parisiis [Paris]. BHL Reference page.
Bridson, D.M. 1985. The reinstatement of Psydrax (Rubiaceae, subfam. Cinchonoideae tribe Vanguerieae) and a revision of the African species. Kew Bulletin 40(4): 687–725. DOI: 10.2307/4109853 Hybrid open access journal Reference page.

Additional references

Engler, A. (ed.) 1895. Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete. Theil C: Verzeichniss der bis jetzt aus Ost-Afrika bekannt gewordenen Pflanzen. III+433+40 pp., 45 tt. Dietrich Reimer, Berlin. BHL Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Psydrax subcordatus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 April 2. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Psydrax subcordatus in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 April 2. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Psydrax subcordatus. Published online. Accessed: 2 April 2022. 2022. Psydrax subcordata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 2 April 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Psydrax subcordata in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 2 April 2022.

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