Schizozygia

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Schizozygia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
Tribe: Tabernaemontaneae
Genus: Schizozygia
Baill.[1]
Species: S. coffaeoides
Binomial name
Schizozygia coffaeoides
Baill.

Schizozygia is a monotypic genus of plant in the Apocynaceae family found in tropical Africa and the Comoros.[1] As of August 2013 the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families recognises the single species Schizozygia coffaeoides.[2]

Schizozygia coffaeoides grows as a shrub or small tree up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall. Its fragrant flowers feature a creamy-yellow corolla. Fruit is yellow to orange with paired ellipsoid follicles, each up to 1.5 centimetres (0.59 in) long. Habitat is forests from sea-level to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for eye inflammation, sores and ringworm-infected skin.[3] S. coffaeoides is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi and the Comoros.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Schizozygia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 19 August 2013 
  2. ^ Search for "Schizozygia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 19 August 2013 
  3. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 496–497. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  4. ^ Search for "Schizozygia coffaeoides", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 19 August 2013