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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Subfamily: Celastroideae
Genus: Schaefferia

16 species (see text)

Schaefferia is a genus of flowering shrubs and small trees in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. The generic name honours German mycologist and clergyman Jacob Christian Schäffer (1718–1790).[2] Members of the genus are found in the Neotropics. The plants are dioecious, with flowers that are unisexual by abortion. The flowers are usually clustered in the leaf axil, although they are solitary in some species. The calyx of the flowers has four lobes, and the corolla consists of four petals. The ovary consists of two locules; each locule has a single ovule which develops into a single seed. The fruit is a drupe.[3]


Acevedo-Rodríguez reports 16 species in the genus.[3] Missouri Botanical Garden's TROPICOS database lists the following species:[4]

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  1. ^ "Genus: Schaefferia Jacq". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  2. ^ Austin, Daniel F. (2004). Florida Ethnobotany. CRC Press. p. 1030. ISBN 978-0-8493-2332-4. 
  3. ^ a b Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro (1996). Flora of St. John U.S. Virgin Islands. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, Volume 78. ISBN 0-89327-402-X. 
  4. ^ "Schaefferia Jacq". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Schaefferia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Schaefferia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-09-07.