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Polianthes tuberosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Polianthes
  • Bravoa Lex.
  • Pseudobravoa Rose
  • Tuberosa Heist. ex Fabr
  • Pothos Adans. 1763, illegitimate homonym, not L. 1753
  • Coetocapnia Link & Otto
  • Cotocapnia Link & Otto
  • Zetocapnia Link & Otto
  • Robynsia Drapiez, rejected name
  • × Bravanthes Cif. & Giacom.

Polianthes /ˌpɒliˈænθz/[3] is a genus of plants in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae.[4] It includes tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa), a plant that is commonly used in perfume making. Both Polianthes and the related genus Manfreda are included in Agave by some sources.[4][1]

List of species[edit]

All the species are endemic to Mexico although Polianthes tuberosa has become naturalized in other places.

  1. Polianthes bicolor E.Solano, Camacho & García-Mend. - Oaxaca
  2. Polianthes densiflora (B.L.Rob. & Fernald) Shinners - Chihuahua
  3. Polianthes durangensis Rose - Durango, Nayarit
  4. Polianthes elongata Rose - Guerrero
  5. Polianthes geminiflora (Lex.) Rose - central and southern Mexico
  6. Polianthes howardii Verh.-Will. - Jalisco, Colima
  7. Polianthes longiflora Rose - Jalisco, Michoacán
  8. Polianthes michoacana M.Cedano, Delgad. & Enciso - Michoacán
  9. Polianthes montana Rose - Nayarit
  10. Polianthes multicolor E.Solano & Dávila - Guanajuato
  11. Polianthes nelsonii Rose - Durango
  12. Polianthes oaxacana García-Mend. & E.Solano - Oaxaca
  13. Polianthes palustris Rose - Durango, Nayarit
  14. Polianthes platyphylla Rose - Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco
  15. Polianthes pringlei Rose - central and southern Mexico
  16. Polianthes sessiliflora (Hemsl.) Rose - Jalisco, San Luis Potosí
  17. Polianthes tuberosa L. - central and southern Mexico; widely cultivated as an ornamental and naturalized in Central America, West Indies, Peru, Seychelles, Turkey, Polynesia, Micronesia, Rwanda
  18. Polianthes zapopanensis E.Solano & Ríos-Gómez - Jalisco

Formerly placed here[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Polianthes", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2014-03-19 
  2. ^ "Polianthes L". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  4. ^ a b Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Agavoideae, retrieved 2011-05-17 

External links[edit]

Media related to Polianthes at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Polianthes at Wikispecies