Wrightia R.Br.

Commemorating William Wright, a medical doctor and amateur botanist.

Perennial shrubs or small trees, evergreen or deciduous; latex white. Stems woody, without spines. Leaves opposite, stalked; blade well developed; colleters absent at base. Inflorescence terminal, dichasial or monochasial. Flowers scented, stalked. Corolla subrotate to salver-shaped; tube cylindrical to bell-shaped; lobes convolute in bud, overlapping to the left. Corolline corona of 5-many segments often forming a tube, or rarely absent. Stamens protruding, attached within or near top of tube, weakly sticking to style head. Disk absent. Fruit of free carpels consisting of 2 woody follicles, tapering to each end, cylindrical, ventrally dehiscent. Seeds numerous, linear-tapering to each end to linear-oblong, not winged, hairy at one end.

One species is commonly cultivated. A number of native Australian species may be grown by specialist rainforest plant collectors.



A number of species are used for timber; the leaves of W. tinctoria are the source of an indigo-like dye.

Shrubs or small trees, leaves opposite, corolla wheel-like to salver-shaped, stamens protruding.

16 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia and Australia (4 species).

Ngan (1965), Forster (1996a).

Source: Forster, P. (2002). Apocynaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Apocynaceae
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