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Chiococca alba
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Cinchonoideae
Tribe: Chiococceae
Genus: Chiococca
Type species
Chiococca alba
(L.) Hitchc.

Chiococca is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family.[1] It currently holds 23 species that are native to Florida, Texas, Mexico, Central America, much of South America, the West Indies, and the Galápagos.[2][3]

The type species for the genus is Chiococca alba.[4] It ranges from Florida to Paraguay and is cultivated as an ornamental.[5]


Chiococca was named by Patrick Browne in 1756.[1] The generic name is derived from the Greek words χιών (chion), meaning "snow" and κόκκος (kokkos), meaning "kernel" or "berry".[6]

Chiococca is a member of the tribe Chiococceae.[7] Within the tribe, it is closely related to Bikkia.[8]



  1. ^ a b Browne, Patrick. 1756. Civil and Natural History of Jamaica in Three Parts 164, Chiococca
  2. ^ Mabberley DJ (2008). Mabberley's Plant Book (3 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82071-4. 
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Chiococca
  4. ^ Chiococca In: Index Nominum Genericorum. In: Regnum Vegetabile (see External links below).
  5. ^ Anthony J. Huxley, Mark Griffiths, and Margot Levy (editors). 1992. The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. The Macmillan Press Limited, London; The Stockton Press, New York. ISBN 978-0-333-47494-5 (set)
  6. ^ Quattrocchi U (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. 1. Boca Raton, New York, Washington DC, London: CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2. 
  7. ^ "Genus Chiococca". Taxonomy. UniProt. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  8. ^ Manns U, Bremer B (2010). "Towards a better understanding of intertribal relationships and stable tribal delimitations within Cinchonoideae s.s. (Rubiaceae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56 (1): 21–39. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.04.002. PMID 20382247. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-27. 

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