Rothmannia globosa

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Rothmannia globosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Rothmannia
Species: R. globosa
Binomial name
Rothmannia globosa
(Hochst.) Keay

Rothmannia globosa is a small but highly decorative South African tree of the Rubiaceae family. It occurs in evergreen forest and along forest margins in the Eastern Cape and north to Limpopo Province and Swaziland.

Bark is greyish-brown with rectangular markings. Leaves are glossy, often with yellowish to maroon veins on the underside with acarodomatia in the axils - acarodomatia are common in this family and are a useful diagnostic character. The specific name refers to the spherical fruits of about 25mm diameter.