Taxon: Plumbago zeylanica L.

Genus: Plumbago
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Subfamily: Plumbaginoideae
Nomen number: 28879
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:151. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 19-Mar-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Mar-1996
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):411. 1999; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea ; Ethiopia ; Somalia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; Namibia ; South Africa Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Transvaal; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Ghana ; Guinea ; Liberia ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi ; Cameroon ; Equatorial Guinea ; Rwanda ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen
    • China: China Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Sichuan, Yunnan
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States Hawaii
    • South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji ; New Caledonia

  • Naturalized



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