8381.000 Coffea L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Stipules obtuse or aristate. Leaves opposite; lamina glabrous but usually with domatia. Inflorescences axillary along main stems. Flowers bisexual, 5-8-merous, appearing before the leaves or with the leaves; solitary or in clusters of 2-4 per leaf axil. Calyx limb reduced to a rim; tube campanulate to turbinate. Corolla white or sometimes pink; tube cylindric or slightly funnel-shaped; lobes spreading. Ovary 2-locular; ovules 1 per loculus. Style exserted with divergent arms. Seeds 2 per fruit; each deeply grooved on the inner face.

Worldwide: 90 species from tropical Africa to the Mascareignes

Malawi: 7 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Amata alicia (Maid Alice)
Latoia urda (Large green latoia)
Leucoplema dohertyi
Lophoruza semiscripta
Coffea salvatrix

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arabica L.Description, Image
ligustroides S. Moore
mufindiensis Hutch. ex Bridson subsp. australis BridsonSDescription, Image
mufindiensis Bridson subsp. lundaziensis Bridson [NrEnd]NDescription, Image
mufindiensis Bridson subsp. pawekiana (Bridson) Bridson[End]N
salvatrix Swynn. & Philipson[NrEnd]SDescription, Image
sp. A of Bridson in FZ 5(3):461 (2003)[End]S

Other sources of information about Coffea:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Coffea
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Coffea
Flora of Zambia: Coffea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coffea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Coffea

External websites:

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

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: Coffea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1409, retrieved 21 April 2024

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