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Taxon: Duranta erecta L.

Genus: Duranta
Family: Verbenaceae
Nomen number: 405771
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:637. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 13-Mar-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 13-Mar-2008
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja California, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Federal District, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
    Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Cuba; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; Virgin Islands (British) - Virgin Gorda; Virgin Islands (U.S.) - St. Croix, St. Thomas
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: Suriname; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil - Bahia, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Paraiba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador - El Oro, Esmeraldas, Galapagos Islands, Loja, Los Rios, Manabi, Pichincha; Peru - Cajamarca, Cuzco, Lambayeque, Lima, Piura, Puno
    Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, Chaco, Entre Rios, Formosa, Misiones, Santa Fe; Paraguay

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Western Indian Ocean: Mayotte; Reunion
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    Malesia: Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida [s.]
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas [e.]
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Northern Mariana Islands
    South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Tonga
  • also naturalized elsewhere in tropics & subtropics

  • also cultivated in tropics & subtropics


  • Adams, C. 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica. [= D. repens L.].
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45.
  • Bromley, G. L. R. 1984. Duranta repens versus D. erecta (Verbenaceae). Kew Bull. 39:803.
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the vascular plants of Texas.
  • Duke, J. A. et al. 2002. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1993. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. [accepts D. repens L.].
  • Everest, S. L. 1981. Poisonous plants of Australia. [poisonous].
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960–. Flora zambesiaca.
  • Gómez-Pompa, A. & V. Sosa, eds. 1978–. Flora de Veracruz. [= D. repens L.].
  • Görts-van Rijn, A. R. A., ed. 1986–. Flora of the Guianas.
  • Henderson, L. 2001. Alien weeds and invasive plants: a complete guide to declared weeds and invaders in South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute, Handbook 12.
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles.
  • Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER): plant threats to Pacific ecosystems (on-line resource).
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Killeen, T. J. et al. 1993. Guia de arboles de Bolivia. [= D. repens L.].
  • Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann. 1985. AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. [poisonous].
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier). 1946–1962. Flora de Cuba.; suppl. 1969 [= D. repens L.].
  • Liogier, H. A. 1984–. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands.
  • Munir, A. A. 1995. A taxonomic revision of the genus Duranta L. (Verbenaceae) in Australia. J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 16:1–16.
  • Sanders, R. W. 1984. Provisional synopsis of the species and natural hybrids in Duranta (Verbenaceae). Sida 10:312. [= D. repens L.].
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark. 1946–1976. Flora of Guatemala. [= D. repens L.].
  • Staples, G. W. & D. R. Herbst. 1996. Nomenclatural changes affecting cultivated plants. I. Baileya 23:180.
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. 1995–. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana.
  • Turner, B. L. et al. 2003. Atlas of the vascular plants of Texas. Sida Botanical Miscellany no. 24.
  • Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. 1943–1980. Flora of Panama. [= D. repens L.].
  • Wunderlin, R. & B. Hansen. Atlas of Florida vascular plants (on-line resource).
  • Zuloaga, F. O. & O. Morrone, eds. 1996. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la República Argentina. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae y Angiospermae (Monocotyledonae), II. Dicotyledonae. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 60, 74., 1999


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