Taxon: Hamelia patens Jacq.

Genus: Hamelia
Family: Rubiaceae
  Subfamily: Cinchonoideae
      Tribe: Hamelieae
Nomen number: 18240
Place of publication: Enum. syst. pl. 16. 1760 (Select. stirp. amer. hist. 72, t. 50. 1763)
Name Verified on: 31-Aug-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 04-Aug-2006
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support (a hedge plant fide Wealth India RM 5:5-6. 1959)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Wealth India RM 5:5-6. 1959)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Wealth India RM 5:5-6. 1959)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Nuevo Leon, - San Luis Potosi, - Sinaloa, - Tamaulipas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, - Chiapas, - Colima, - Guerrero, - Hidalgo, - Mexico, - Oaxaca, - Puebla, - Queretaro, - Quintana Roo, - Tabasco, - Veracruz, - Yucatan
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil - Acre, - Amazonas, - Bahia, - Minas Gerais, - Santa Catarina, - Sao Paulo, - Federal District
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda - Barbuda; Bahamas; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Vincent and Grenadines - St. Vincent; Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Central America: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina - Chaco, - Jujuy, - Misiones, - Salta; Paraguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Cultivated:

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India


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  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India 1959. The wealth of India: a dictionary of Indian raw materials and industrial products. Raw materials. Delhi. 1948-1976 (Wealth India RM) 5:5-6.
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Elias, T. S. 1976. A monograph of the genus Hamelia (Rubiaceae) Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 26(4):101-116.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Howard, R. A. 1973. The Enumeratio and Selectarum of Nicolaus von Jacquin J. Arnold Arbor. 54:435-470.
  • Núñez Meléndez, E. Plantas medicinales de Puerto Rico: Folklore y fundamentos científicos. 1982 (Pl Med PR)
  • Vibrans, H., ed. Malezas de México (on-line resource). (Malezas Mex)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)

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