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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: Tabernaemontaneae
Subtribus: Tabernaemontaninae
Genus: Schizozygia
Species: S. coffaeoides

Schizozygia Baill., Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris 1: 752 (1888)

monotypic taxon

Native distribution areas:

West-Central Tropical Africa
Northeast Tropical Africa
East Tropical Africa
Kenya, Tanzania.
South Tropical Africa
Angola, Malawi.
Western Indian Ocean

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


Baillon, H.E. 1888. Bulletin Mensuel de la Société Linnéenne de Paris. Paris 1: 752.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Schizozygia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Oct. 20. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Schizozygia. Published online. Accessed: Oct. 20 2017.

Schizozygia is a monotypic genus of plant in the family Apocynaceae found in tropical Africa and the Comoros. As of July 2020, Plants of the World Online recognises the single species Schizozygia coffaeoides.[3]

Schizozygia coffaeoides grows as a shrub or small tree up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall. Its fragrant flowers feature a creamy-yellow corolla. Fruit is yellow to orange with paired ellipsoid follicles, each up to 1.5 centimetres (0.59 in) long. Its habitat is forests from sea level to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for eye inflammation, sores and ringworm-infected skin.[4][5] Schizozygia coffaeoides is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi and the Comoros.[2]


Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).; IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group (2019). "Schizozygia coffaeoides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T143720183A143720185. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-1.RLTS.T143720183A143720185.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
"Schizozygia coffeoides Baill". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
"Schizozygia Baill". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
"Ringworm and other fungal infections - Treatment". Billy Danielson. 13 March 2015.
Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 496–497. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9.

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