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For the Italian wine grape, see Forestiera (grape).
Forestiera pubescens 3.jpg
Forestiera pubescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Tribe: Oleeae
Genus: Forestiera
  • Bigelovia Sm. in A.Rees
  • Nudilus Raf.
  • Carpoxis Raf.
  • Geisarina Raf.
  • Piptolepis Benth.

Forestiera is a genus of flowering plants in the olive family, Oleaceae. Members of the genus are often called swampprivets.[3][4] Most are shrubs.

There are about 20 species, native to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, Ecuador and the southern half of the United States.[2][5]

Species include:[3][6]

  1. Forestiera acuminata (Michx.) Poir. – eastern swampprivet - central and southeastern United States
  2. Forestiera angustifolia Torr. – narrowleaf forestiera, Texas forestiera, Texas swampprivet - Texas, northeastern Mexico
  3. Forestiera cartaginensis Donn. Central America, southern Mexico
  4. Forestiera corollata Cornejo & Wallander Guatemala
  5. Forestiera durangensis Standl. - Durango
  6. Forestiera ecuadorensis Cornejo & Bonifaz - Ecuador
  7. Forestiera eggersiana Krug & Urban – inkbush - Puerto Rico, Leeward Islands
  8. Forestiera godfreyi L.C. Anders. – Godfrey's swampprivet - Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
  9. Forestiera isabelae Hammel & Cornejo - Costa Rica
  10. Forestiera ligustrina (Michx.) Poir. – upland swamp-privet - Texas, southeastern United States
  11. Forestiera macrocarpa Brandegee - Baja California Sur
  12. Forestiera phillyreoides (Benth.) Torr. in W.H.Emory - central and southern Mexico
  13. Forestiera pubescens Nutt. – downy forestiera, stretchberry - southwestern United States, northern Mexico
  14. Forestiera racemosa S.Watson - Nuevo León
  15. Forestiera reticulata Torr. – netleaf swampprivet - western Texas
  16. Forestiera rhamnifolia Griseb.caca ravet - Central America, West Indies, southern Mexico, Isla Socorro
  17. Forestiera segregata Krug & Urban – Florida swampprivet - Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, much of West Indies including Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands
  18. Forestiera selleana Urb. & Ekman - Hispaniola
  19. Forestiera shrevei Standl. – desert olive - Arizona
  20. Forestiera tomentosa S.Watson - central and southern Mexico


  1. ^ "Forestiera Poir.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ a b "Forestiera Poir.". ITIS Standard Reports. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ Forestiera. USDA PLANTS.
  5. ^ Forestiera pubescens. The Jepson eFlora 2013.
  6. ^ "Species Records of Forestiera". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 

External links[edit]

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