“Gentians, the real aristocrats in the plant empire”
(Halda, 1996: 7)
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This resource is made available here as a service to the global research community.
The Gentian Research Network
a free, not-for-profit, web-based forum for worldwide research on the natural
and evolution of the flowering plant
What are gentians?
Here you will find information on
current research projects in the Gentianaceae,
focusing on their systematics,
molecular systematics, classification
(Struwe et al. 2002 or
biogeography, endangered species, biodiversity, distribution,
ethnobotany, and nomenclature. We also have a link to a
large reference list,
research projects, and contact information for
Gentian species occur around the
world and have many
different names, for
example: centaury, çentiyane, chirayta, chirata, and chiretta, Encian, Enzian,
fever tree, genciana, gentian, gentiane, genziane, long dan ke, pua keni
keni, rindo, and tembusu. Gentians are gorgeous and have been used for
millenia in horticulture, as medicines, and are also important in
ecosystems as food sources for butterflies, nectar sources for
pollinators, and many other functions.
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to the Gentian Research Network!
Quick links to genera of Gentianaceae:
Aripuana, Bartonia, Bisgoeppertia,
Blackstonia, Calolisianthus, Canscora,
Chorisepalum, Cicendia, Comastoma, Congolanthus,
Coutoubea, Cracosna, Crawfurdia,
Curtia, Deianira, Djaloniella, "Duplipetala”,
Eustoma, Exaculum, Exacum, Fagraea, Faroa, Frasera, Geniostemon,
Irlbachia, Ixanthus, Jaeschkea, Karina,
Lehmanniella, Lisianthius, Lomatogonium,
Macrocarpaea, Megacodon, Microrphium,
Obolaria, Oreonesion, Ornichia, Orphium,
Pterygocalyx, Purdieanthus, Pycnosphaera,
Roraimaea, Rogersonanthus, Sabatia,
Saccifolium, Schinziella, Schultesia,
Tetrapollinia, Tripterospermum, Urogentias, Veratrilla,
Voyriella, Wurdackanthus, Xestaea, Yanomamua, Zonanthus, Zygostigma.
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