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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: Cinchonoideae
Tribus: Rondeletieae
Genus: Rondeletia
Sectio: R. sect. Calycosae – R. sect. Laniflorae – R. sect. Leucophyllae – R. sect. Rondeletia
Species: R. acunae – R. adamsii – R. alaternoides – R. americana – R. amplexicaulis – R. anguillensis – R. anomala – R. apiculata – R. areolata – R. arida – R. aristeguietae – R. aurantiaca – R. azuensis – R. azulensis – R. baracoensis – R. barahonensis – R. belizensis – R. berteroana – R. bicolor – R. bissei – R. brachyantha – R. brachyphylla – R. bracteosa – R. brauseana – R. brigandina – R. buxifolia – R. cacuminis – R. calophylla – R. camarioca – R. carnea – R. chamaebuxifolia – R. chinajensis – R. christii – R. cincta – R. clarendonensis – R. combsii – R. combsioides – R. conferta – R. convoluta – R. coronata – R. crassinervis – R. cristalensis – R. cumanensis – R. cymulosa – R. daphnoides – R. dilatata – R. diplocalyx – R. disperma – R. dolphinensis – R. domatiata – R. ekmanii – R. elegans – R. elliptica – R. eriantha – R. eriocarpa – R. erythroneura – R. exasperata – R. feketeana – R. filisepala – R. formonia – R. fortunensis – R. fuertesii – R. galanensis – R. glauca – R. glomeruliflora – R. grandisepala – R. hameliifolia – R. harrisii – R. heterochroa – R. hirsuta – R. hirta – R. holdridgei – R. hypoleuca – R. impressa – R. incana – R. inermis – R. insularis – R. intermixta – R. jamaicensis – R. laevigata – R. larensis – R. leonii – R. ligulata – R. lindeniana – R. linearisepala – R. liogieri – R. lomensis – R. longibracteata – R. loretensis – R. lucida – R. martinicensis – R. micarensis – R. microcarpa – R. microphylla – R. minutifolia – R. miraflorensis – R. mollis – R. mornicola – R. naguensis – R. nalgensis – R. nemoralis – R. nimanimae – R. nipensis – R. ochracea – R. odorata – R. orinocensis – R. pachyphylla – R. pallida – R. panamensis – R. papayoensis – R. parviflora – R. paucinervis – R. pedicellaris – R. peduncularis – R. peninsularis – R. perfae – R. petiolata – R. pilosa – R. plicatula – R. polita – R. portlandensis – R. portoricensis – R. potrerillona – R. pseudorugelii – R. pubescens – R. pulchella – R. purdiei – R. pycnophylla – R. racemosa – R. rigida – R. rohrii – R. roynaefolia – R. rugelii – R. savannarum – R. saxicola – R. scabrella – R. selleana – R. shaferi – R. steirophylla – R. steirophylloides – R. stipularis – R. subcanescens – R. subcordata – R. subglabra – R. subsessilifolia – R. susannae – R. sylvestris – R. toaensis – R. tubulosa – R. umbellulata – R. vacciniifolia – R. vazquezii – R. venezuelensis – R. venosa – R. virgata
Nothospecies: R. × incerta – R. × obscura

Rondeletia L., Sp. Pl. 1: 172. 1753, Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 79. 1754.

Lectotype species: Rondeletia americana L., designated by Hitchcock, Prop. Brit. Bot. 131. 1929.


Petesia P.Browne, Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica: 143. (1756)
Lightfootia Schreb., Gen. Pl., ed. 8[a], 1: 122. (1789)
Zamaria Raf., Ann. Gén. Sci. Phys. 6: 85. (1820), nom. nud.
Arachnimorpha Desv., Prod. Fl. Ind. Occ.: 28. (1825)

Native distribution areas:

Northern America
Mexico Southeast.
Southern America
Central America
Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama.
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Islands.
Northern South America
French Guiana, Venezuela.
Western South America
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.

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

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 172. Reference page.
Linnaeus, C. 1754. Genera Plantarum, ed. 5: 79. Reference page.
Borhidi, A.L. 2018. Jamaicanthus, a new endemic genus of Jamaica (Rondeletieae, Rubiaceae) and Rondeletia–a model for the Gaarlandia theory. Acta Botanica Hungarica 60(3-4): 281-290. DOI: 10.1556/034.60.2018.3-4.3 PDF Reference page.
Hitchcock, A.S. & Green, M.L. 1929. Standard species of Linnaean genera of Phanerogamae (1753–1754). pp. 111–195 in International Botanical Congress. Cambridge (England), 1930. Nomenclature. Proposals by British Botanists. His Majesty's Stationery Office, London. Biblioteca Digital Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Rondeletia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Feb. 8. Reference page. . 8. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 2010 . confusing synonymy.

Rondeletia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. It is endemic to the Neotropics.[1] There are around 160 species.[2]

Rondeletia odorata is widely grown as an ornamental.[3] Several other species are also known in cultivation.[4]

Rondeletia was named in 1753 by Linnaeus in his book, Species Plantarum.[5][6] This genus name commemorates the French physician Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566).[7]

The type species for Rondeletia is Rondeletia americana.[8] It is little known and rarely collected.

The circumscription of Rondeletia has varied greatly from one author to another. Rogiera, Arachnothryx, and a few others have been included in Rondeletia by some authors, but molecular phylogenetic studies have shown that they are closer to Guettarda than to Rondeletia, and they are now recognized as separate genera.[9] Even with these segregates removed, Rondeletia remains polyphyletic and will be substantially revised after further phylogenetic study.

Species include:[10]

Rondeletia acunae
Rondeletia adamsii
Rondeletia americana
Rondeletia amplexicaulis
Rondeletia azuensis[11]
Rondeletia brachyphylla
Rondeletia cincta
Rondeletia clarendonensis
Rondeletia dolphinensis
Rondeletia domatiata
Rondeletia ekmanii
Rondeletia elegans
Rondeletia eriantha
Rondeletia eriocarpa
Rondeletia erythroneura
Rondeletia exasperata
Rondeletia galeottii
Rondeletia glauca
Rondeletia gracilis
Rondeletia harrisii
Rondeletia hirsuta
Rondeletia hirta
Rondeletia manantlanensis Lorence [12]
Rondeletia odorata

Rondeletia pallida
Rondeletia peruviana
Rondeletia portlandensis
Rondeletia pseudorugelii
Rondeletia pubescens
Rondeletia pulchella
Rondeletia purdiei
Rondeletia pycnophylla
Rondeletia racemosa
Rondeletia rigida
Rondeletia roezlii
Rondeletia stipularis
Rondeletia subsessilifolia
Rondeletia susannae
Rondeletia sylvestris
Rondeletia thyrsoidea
Rondeletia toaensis
Rondeletia tubulosa
Rondeletia umbellulata
Rondeletia vacciniifolia
Rondeletia vazquezii
Rondeletia venezuelensis

Stevensia ovatifolia was previously placed in the genus.[13]

David J. Mabberley. 2008. Mabberley's Plant-Book third edition (2008). Cambridge University Press: UK. ISBN 978-0-521-82071-4
Rondeletia At: World Checklist of Rubiaceae At: Kew Gardens Website. (see External links below).
George W. Staples and Derral R. Herbst "A Tropical Garden Flora" Bishop Museum Press: Honolulu (2005)
Anthony J. Huxley, Mark Griffiths, and Margot Levy (editors). 1992. The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. The Macmillan Press Limited, London; The Stockton Press, New York. ISBN 978-0-333-47494-5 (set)
Rondeletia in International Plant Names Index. (see External links below).
Carl Linnaeus. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 172 (see External links below).
Umberto Quattrocchi. 2000. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names volume IV. CRC Press: Boca Raton; New York; Washington,DC;, USA. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-8493-2673-8 (set). (see External links below).
Rondeletia In: Index Nominum Genericorum. In: Regnum Vegetabile (see External links below).
Ulrika Manns and Birgitta Bremer. 2010. "Towards a better understanding of intertribal relationships and stable tribal delimitations within Cinchonoideae s.s. (Rubiaceae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56(1):21-39. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.04.002
Rondeletia. The Plant List.
Timyan, J. (2021). "Rondeletia azuensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T180934270A180934349. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T180934270A180934349.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
Timyan, J. (2021). "Stevensia ovatifolia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T121984936A121986605. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T121984936A121986605.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.

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