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Taxon: Coffea liberica W. Bull ex Hiern var. liberica

Genus: Coffea
Subgenus: Coffea
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Ixoroideae
Tribe: Coffeeae
Nomen number: 409465
Place of publication:
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 13-Apr-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • Liberian coffee  (Source: F TE Afr) - English
  • liberica coffee  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • caféier de Liberia  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Liberiakaffeebaum  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • Liberiakaffeestrauch  (Source: Zander ed17) - German
  • café-libérica  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • cafeto de Liberia  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: beverage base; beverage base; beverage base

Distributional Range:


    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria


    • Africa

    Other (exact native range obscure)


  1. Bertrand, B. et al. 2002. Growth, production, and bean quality of Coffea arabica as affected by interspecific grafting: consequences for rootstock breeding. HortScience 36:269-273.
  2. Bridson, D. M. 1985. The lectotypification of Coffea liberica (Rubiaceae). Kew Bull. 40:806.
  3. Davis, A. P. et al. 2006. An annotated taxonomic conspectus of the genus Coffea (Rubiaceae). Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 152:488-489.
  4. Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage
  5. Maurin, O. et al. 2007. Towards a phylogeny for Coffea (Rubiaceae): Identifying well-supported lineages based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequences. Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 100:1565-1583.
  6. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  7. Prakash, N. S. et al. 2002. AFLP analysis of introgression in coffee cultivars (Coffea arabica L.) derived from a natural interspecific hybrid. Euphytica 124:265-271. Note: this study confirmed that the most common strain cultivated in India represents a hybrid between Coffea arabica and C. liberica var. liberica
  8. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  9. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa.

Check other web resources for Coffea liberica W. Bull ex Hiern var. liberica :

  • 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=409465. Accessed 2 April 2020.