Taxon: Cerbera manghas L.

Genus: Cerbera
Family: Apocynaceae
  Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
      Tribe: Plumerieae
Nomen number: 102193
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:208. 1753
Name Verified on: 17-Sep-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Sep-1999
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Fuels: charcoal (fide F ChinaEng)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: fish (fide F ChinaEng)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide F ChinaEng)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania - Pemba
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar; Mauritius; Seychelles
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China - Guangdong, - Guangxi, - Hainan
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Singapore
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Queensland, - Northern Territory
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Marshall Islands; Palau
    • South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands; French Polynesia; Pitcairn
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna Islands

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Cerbera manghas L. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.