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Taxon: Parmentiera cereifera Seem.

Genus: Parmentiera
Family: Bignoniaceae
Tribe: Crescentieae
Nomen number: 26784
Place of publication: J. Bot. (Hooker) 3:302. 1841 (B. Seemann, Bot. voy. Herald 182, t. 32. 1854)
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 10-May-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 7 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • candletree  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Kerzenbaum  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • árvore-de-velas  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • árbol de cera  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • palo de velas  (Source: F Neotrop) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental;

Distributional Range:


    Southern America

    Cultivated (also cult. in tropics)


  1. Adams, C. 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica 673. Note: mentions
  2. Angely, J. A. 1970-. Flora analítica e fitográfica do Estado de São Paulo.
  3. Burkill, H. M. 1985. The useful plants of west tropical Africa. 1:262. Note: introduced
  4. Gentry, A. H. 1980. Bignoniaceae - Part I (Crescentieae and Tourrettieae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 25(1):100-102.
  5. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  6. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  7. Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell. 1982. Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis.
  8. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  9. St. John, H. 1973. List and summary of the flowering plants in the Hawaiian islands
  10. Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. 1943-1980. Flora of Panama.

Check other web resources for Parmentiera cereifera Seem. :

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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=26784. Accessed 7 August 2020.