8351.000 Vangueria Comm. ex Juss.


LAGYNIAS E. Mey. ex Robyns



Lantz, H. & Bremer, B. (2005) Phylogeny of the complex Vanguerieae (Rubiaceae) genera Fadogia, Rytigynia, and Vangueria with close relatives and a new circumscription of Vangueria Plant Systematics and Evolution 253 159-183

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves in pairs. Stipules produced into a narrow appendage at the apex. Inflorescences consisting of axillary cymes on opposite sides of the nodes. Calyx with 5 short, triangular, linear or oblong lobes. Corolla usually yellow, green, or greenish-yellow, densely hairy at throat; lobes 5, usually reflexed, sometimes with distinct narrow appendage at apex. Ovary 5-locular; ovule solitary in each loculus, pendulous. Fruit indehiscent, fleshy, ± spherical, glabrous.

Comment: In a new circumscription of this genus after phylogenetic research the species formerly in the separate genera Ancylanthos, Lagynias, Pachystigma and Tapiphyllum have all been included under Vangueria (Lantz, H. & Bremer, B., 2005).

Worldwide: 58 species in Subsaharan Africa and Madagascar.

Malawi: 15 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Hypolycaena philippus (Purple-brown hairstreak)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
apiculata K. Schum.C,SDescription, Image
cinerascens (Welw. ex Hiern) Lantz var. cinerascens N
cinerascens (Welw. ex Hiern) Lantz var. laevior (K.Schum.) LantzN
cinerascens (Welw. ex Hiern) Lantz var. inaequalis (Robyns) LantzN
cinerascens (Welw. ex Hiern) Lantz var. richardsiae (Robyns) LantzC
esculenta S. MooreSDescription, Image
infausta Burch. subsp. infausta N,SDescription, Image
infausta Burch. subsp. rotundata (Robyns) Verdc. var. rotundata N,C,S
infausta Burch. subsp. rotundata (Robyns) Verdc. var. campanulata (Robyns) Verdc. N
madagascariensis J.F. Gmel.CDescription
pygmaea Schltr.N,CDescription, Image
randii S. Moore subsp. randii SDescription, Image
sp. S
vestita (Robyns) ined.C,SDescription, Image
volkensii K.Schum. var. kyimbilensis (Robyns) Verdc.

Other sources of information about Vangueria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Vangueria
Flora of Caprivi: Vangueria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vangueria
Flora of Mozambique: Vangueria
Flora of Zambia: Vangueria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vangueria

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vangueria
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vangueria
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vangueria
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vangueria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Vangueria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vangueria
JSTOR Plant Science: Vangueria
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vangueria
Plants of the World Online: Vangueria
Tropicos: Vangueria
Wikipedia: Vangueria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Vangueria.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1394, retrieved 17 April 2024

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