Taxon: Plumbago zeylanica L.

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


    . exact native range in paleotropics obscure


  • 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, - Free State, - KwaZulu-Natal, - 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, - Guizhou, - Sichuan, - Yunnan, - Guangxi, - Hainan
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

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

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

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

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd.


    . widely cult.


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