Chewstick Gouania lupuloides, copyright Dick Culbert.

Belongs within: Rhamnaceae.

Gouania is a genus of shrubs and lianas found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Characters (from Flora of Zimbabwe): Climbing shrubs or lianes; branches with coiled tendrils. Leaves alternate. Inflorescence a thyrse. Flowers usually bisexual, 5-merous. Petals 5, hooded. Stamens 5. Disk 5-lobed. Ovary inferior. Fruit a 3-winged schizocarp, separating into 3 cocci.

|–G. andamanica SK93
|–G. colombiana SK93
|–G. domingensis C55
|–G. laxiflora SK93
|–G. leratii SK93
|–G. longipetala SK93
|–G. longispicata SK93
|–G. lupuloides SK93
|–G. mauritiana SK93
|–G. microcarpa SK93
|–G. polygama SK93
|–G. pyrifolia SK93
|–G. sericea SK93
|–G. ulmifolia SK93
`–G. urticaefolia SK93

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C55] Candolle, A. de. 1855. Géographie Botanique Raisonée: Ou exposition des faits principaux et des lois concernant la distribution géographique des plantes de l’époque actuelle vol. 2. Librairie de Victor Masson: Paris.

[SK93] Schirarend, C., & E. Köhler. 1993. Rhamnaceae Juss. World Pollen and Spore Flora 17/18: 1–53.

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