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Taxon: Heteromorpha arborescens (Spreng.) Cham. & Schltdl.

Genus: Heteromorpha
Family: Apiaceae (alt.Umbelliferae)
Subfamily: Apioideae
Tribe: Heteromorpheae
Nomen number: 18948
Place of publication: Linnaea 1:385. 1826
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 22-Nov-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Ethiopia, Sudan (s.)
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (e.), Rwanda
    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Angola (s.w.), Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, South Africa


    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Pimenov, M. G. & M. V. Leonov. 1993. The genera of the Umbelliferae: a nomenclator
  2. van Wyck, B. E. 2012. Review of Apiaceae Southern Africa data for World Economic Plants, ed. 2. pers. comm.
  3. Winter, P. J. D. & B.-E. Van Wyk. 1996. A revision of the genus Heteromorpha (Apiaceae). Kew Bull. 51:238.
  4. Plants of southern Africa: an online checklist. Note: recognizes four varieties: abyssinica, arborescens, collina, and frutescens

Check other web resources for Heteromorpha arborescens (Spreng.) Cham. & Schltdl. :

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • On-line Flora of Zimbabwe:
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=18948. Accessed 9 July 2020.