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Common name

English: Golden Dewdrop

Mandarin: 假连翘 (jia lian qiao)

Portuguese: Violeteira


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Lamiales (196)

        Family: Verbenaceae (14)(family description)

          Genus: Duranta (1)

            Epithet: erecta L. (8)

Synonyms: Duranta angustifolia Salisb., Duranta dentata Pers., Duranta ellisiae Jacq., Duranta inermis L., Duranta integrifolia Tod., Duranta latifolia Salisb., Duranta macrodonta Moldenke, Duranta microphylla Willd., Duranta plumieri Jacq., Duranta racemosa Mill., Duranta repens L., Duranta spinosa Mill., Duranta turbinata Tod., Duranta xalapensis Kunth, Ellisia acuta L.

acuta => pointed, tapering to a point

angustifolia => with narrow leaves

dentata => toothed like saw teeth

erecta => upright, perpendicular

inermis => unarmed

integrifolia => having leaves with unbroken smooth edge

latifolia => with broad leaves

microphylla => small-leaved

plumieri => in honor of Charles Plumier (1646-1704), French botanist

racemosa => in form of a cluster

repens => creeping and rooting

spinosa => having spines or thorns

turbinata => shaped like a spinning top


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: blue, white

External links

Check for Duranta erecta at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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