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Cerinthe major (flower).jpg
Flowers of Cerinthe major
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: (incertae sedis)
Family: Boraginaceae
Tribe: Lithospermeae
Genus: Cerinthe
Type species
Cerinthe major

Cerinthe is a poorly studied genus of vascular plants in the family Boraginaceae,[1] known as "honeyworts". The genus is characterised by a calyx made up of separate, rather than fused, sepals, a tubular corolla, and the schizocarpic fruit that divides into two parts at maturity, unlike most members of the family, where the fruit splits into four nutlets.[1] The genus has a circum-Mediterranean distribution, ranging from the Irano-Turanian region in the east to Morocco in the west.[1]


The following species are accepted by The Plant List:[2]


  1. ^ a b c Federico Selvi, Lorenzo Cecchi & Andrea Coppi (2009). "Phylogeny, karyotype evolution and taxonomy of Cerinthe L. (Boraginaceae)". Taxon 58 (4): 1307–1325. JSTOR 27757019. 
  2. ^ "Cerinthe". The Plant List. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 

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