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Campylospermum serratum 2.jpg
Gomphia serrata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Ochnaceae
Genus: Gomphia

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Gomphia is a genus of plant in the family Ochnaceae. The generic name is from the Greek meaning "thorn or spike", referring to the shape of the flower base when the fruit develops.[1]


Gomphia species grow as shrubs or small to medium-sized trees. The fruits are drupes (pitted).[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Gomphia species grow widely in the tropics, mainly in Africa but also in India, Sri Lanka, mainland Southeast Asia, Hainan and western Malesia. Their habitat is forests from sea-level to 1,500 metres (5,000 ft) altitude.[1]


As of June 2014 The Plant List recognises 29 accepted taxa (of species and infraspecific names):[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Kochummen, K. M. (1995). "Gomphia Schreb." (PDF). In Soepadmo, E.; Wong, K. M. Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. (free online from the publisher, lesser resolution scan PDF versions). 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia. pp. 265, 267. ISBN 983-9592-34-3. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gomphia". The Plant List. Retrieved 5 June 2014.