Pittoniotis is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Rubiaceae.[1]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Pittoniotis

Its native range is from southern Mexico to Venezuela and Ecuador, in South America. It is found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, south-western Caribbean and Venezuela.[1]

The genus name of Pittoniotis is in honour of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656–1708), a French botanist, notable as the first to make a clear definition of the concept of genus for plants.[2] It was first described and published in Bonplandia (Hannover) Vol.6 on page 8 in 1858.[1]

Known speciesEdit

According to Kew:[1]

  • Pittoniotis protracta (Bartl. ex DC.) Griseb.
  • Pittoniotis rotata C.M.Taylor
  • Pittoniotis trichantha Griseb.


  1. ^ a b c d "Pittoniotis Griseb. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  2. ^ Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. Retrieved 1 January 2021.