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For the town in California, see Cantua Creek, California.
Cantua buxifolia Tiraque Bolivia.jpg
Cantua buxifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Cantua
J.Juss. ex Lam.

Cantua is a genus of flowering plants in the family Polemoniaceae which is in the order Ericales. They are restricted to central South America where many species are endemics in the countries of occurrence.

There are currently about 12[1] recognised species including:[2][3]

Synonyms include:

  • Huthia Brand
  • Periphragmos Ruiz & Pav.
  • Tunaria Kuntze


  1. ^ Porter, J. Mark and L. Alan Prather (2008). "Cantua dendritica (Polemoniaceae), a new species from Peru, and two new Cantua names" (PDF). Aliso. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 25: 31–35. 
  2. ^ Monfils, Anna K. and L. Alan Prather (2010). "'Phylogeny of Cantua (Polemoniaceae): Evidence from Chloroplast and Nuclear DNA Sequence Data". Systematic Botany. The American Society of Plant Taxonomists. 35 (4): 877–884. doi:10.1600/036364410X539925. 
  3. ^ Plant Systematics - Cantua