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Rothmannia globosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Tribe: Gardenieae
Genus: Rothmannia
Type species
Rothmannia capensis

Rothmannia is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It was described in 1776 and is named for Göran Rothman (1739–1778) by Thunberg – both were pupils of Linnaeus. The genus has a wide distribution area and is found tropical and southern Africa, western Indian Ocean, southern China to Indo-China and New Guinea.[1]


Although Rubiaceae flowers are generally organized in many-flowered inflorescences, solitary flowers are also found in this genus. The reduction of the number of flowers per inflorescence is often invertedly proportionate to the size of the flowers, which explains the large solitary flowers of some Rothmannia.[2]



  1. ^ "Rothmannia in the World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved February 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Robbrecht E, Puff C (1986). "A survey of the Gardenieae and related tribes (Rubiaceae)". Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie. 108 (1): 63–137. 

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