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Wrightia antidysenterica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Wrightia

23 species, including:
Wrightia antidysenterica
Wrightia arborea
Wrightia coccinea
Wrightia laevis
Wrightia lanceolata
Wrightia lecomtei
Wrightia pubescens
Wrightia religiosa
Wrightia sikkimensis
Wrightia tinctoria
Wrightia viridiflora

Wrightia is a genus of 23 species of flowering plants in the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family, native to tropical Africa, Asia and Australia. The species are all small trees or shrubs.

The genus was named for William Wright (1735 –1819) the Scottish physician and botanist by William Roxburgh.

Wrightia antidysenterica is sometimes mistaken to belong to a separate genus Holarrhena, as Holarrhena pubescens. It's been long known in Indian Ayurvedic tradition, and is called " kuţaja " in Sanskrit.


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Gentianales
Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Apocynoideae
Tribus: Wrightieae
Genus: Wrightia
Species: W. angustifolia - W. antidysenterica - W. arborea - W. candollei - W. coccinea - W. collettii - W. demartiniana - W. dolichocarpa - W. dubia - W. flavorosea - W. hanleyi - W. indica - W. laevis - W. lanceolata - W. lecomtei - W. natalensis - W. novobrittanica - W. palawanensis - W. puberula - W. pubescens - W. religiosa - W. saligna - W. siamensis - W. sikkimensis - W. sirikitiae - W. stellata - W. tinctoria - W. versicolor - W. viridiflora


Wrightia R.Br., Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 1: 73. 1811.



  • Anasser Blanco, Fl. Filipp. 112. 1837, nom. illeg. non Juss. (1789)
  • Balfouria R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae: 467. 1810.
  • Piaggiaea Chiov., Fl. Somala 2: 290. 1932.
  • Scleranthera Pichon, Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat., Paris, Ser. B. Bot., 1. 74. 1951.
  • Walidda (A.DC.) Pichon, Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat., Paris, Ser. B. Bot., 1. 74. 1951.

Excluded or synonymous taxa

W. tomentosa


  • Ngan, P.T. (1965). A revision of the genus Wrightia (Apocynaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 52: 161.
  • Middleton, D.J. (2005). A revision of Wrightia (Apocynaceae: Apocynoideae) in Malesia. Harvard Papers in Botany 10: 161-182.
  • Flora of China (2008). 'eFloras. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. 2009 Aug 21 [1].
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