Muraltia is a genus of plants in the family Polygalaceae.[2][3]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Polygalaceae
Tribe: Polygaleae
Genus: Muraltia
DC. 1815
Type species
Muraltia heisteria
(L.) DC.
  • Heisteria L. ex P. J. Bergius 1767, non Jacq. 1760
  • Mundia Kunth 1821 [1823]
  • Mundtia (Goldblatt & J.C. Manning) W. Harvey in W. Harvey & O. Sonder 1860, orth. var.
  • Nylandtia Dumort. 1822

The species Muraltia scoparia and Muraltia spinosa are commonly known as "Tortoise berry" plants ("skilpadbessie"). This is because of the bright edible berries that they produce, which are relished by the tortoise species of the fynbos.[1]



  1. ^ a b Forest, Félix; Manning, John C. (2006). "Evidence for inclusion of South African endemic Nylandtia in Muraltia (Polygalaceae)". Syst Bot. 31 (3): 525–532. doi:10.1600/036364406778388566. JSTOR 25064182.
  2. ^ Roskov Y.; Kunze T.; Orrell T.; Abucay L.; Paglinawan L.; Culham A.; Bailly N.; Kirk P.; Bourgoin T.; Baillargeon G.; Decock W.; De Wever A. (2014). Didžiulis V. (ed.). "Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2014 Annual Checklist". Species 2000: Reading, UK. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ Forest F, Nänni I, Chase MW, Crane PR, Hawkins JA (2007). "Diversification of a large genus in a continental biodiversity hotspot: Temporal and spatial origin of Muraltia (Polygalaceae) in the Cape of South Africa". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 43 (1): 60–74. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.08.017.
  4. ^ "Nylandtia scoparia".
  5. ^ "Nylandtia spinosa".