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Dorstenia gigas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Moraceae
Tribe: Dorstenieae
Genus: Dorstenia

Dorstenia is a genus of about 105 species in the plant family Moraceae. Most species are Neotropical or Afrotropical, with a single species in India, Sri Lanka and the island of Socotra (Yemen).[1] [2] Dorstenia is named in honor of the German physician and botanist Theodor Dorsten (1492 - 1552).[3]

Species in this genus were a source of the herbal preparation contrayerva.[4]



  1. ^ Berg, Cornelis C. (2001). "Moreae, Artocarpeae, and Dorstenia (Moraceae), with Introductions to the Family and Ficus and with Additions and Corrections to Flora Neotropica Monograph 7". Flora Neotropica 83: 1–346. 
  2. ^ Berg, Cornelis C. and Hijman, M.E.E. (1999). "Ilicifolia 2, The genus Dorstenia (Moraceae)". Ilicifolia 2: 1–211. 
  3. ^ Genaust, Helmut (1976). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen ISBN 3-7643-0755-2
  4. ^ "Contrayerva". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. 

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