Taxon: Carapichea ipecacuanha (Brot.) L. Andersson

Genus: Carapichea
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Psychotrieae
Nomen number: 435098
Place of publication: Kew Bull. 57:371. 2002
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 06-Feb-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 06-Feb-2004
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: source of emetine (fide Import Medicinal Pl; CRC MedHerbs ed2, as Psychotria ipecacuanha; Ill Chin Mat Med, as Cephaelis ipecacuanha; Herbal Drugs, as Cephaelis ipecacuanha; Herbs Commerce ed2, as Cephaelis ipecacuanha)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Western South America: Colombia ; Ecuador Napo

  • Cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Andersson, L. 2002. Re-establishment of Carapichea (Rubiaceae, Psychotrieae) Kew Bull. 57:363-374.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • Farnsworth, N. R. & D. D. Soejarto Global importance of medicinal plants (unpublished draft manuscript rev. 23, 1988) (Import Medicinal Pl)
  • Mors, W. T. & C. T. Rizzini Useful plants of Brazil. (Use Pl Brazil)
  • Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. Flora of Panama. (F Panama)


Check other web resources for Carapichea ipecacuanha (Brot.) L. Andersson :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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.