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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Richardia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Gentianales > Family: Rubiaceae

Total of 15 species, native to tropical America, with four naturalised in the eastern parts of southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Richardia brasiliensis

A cosmopolitan weed, native to South America. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Richardia humistrata


Richardia scabra

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Richardia stellaris


Herbivores in southern Africa



  • Lewis, W.H. & Oliver, R.L. 1974. Revision of Richardia (Rubiaceae). Brittonia 26: 271-301.

  • Verdcourt, B. 1989. Rubiaceae. Flora Zambesiaca 5,1: 1-210.