Theophrasta is a genus of flowering plants in the family Primulaceae, native to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Named in honor of the naturalist Theophrastus, they are occasionally kept as ornamentals in greenhouses.[2]

Theophrasta jussieui - Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, Florida - DSC09930.jpg
Theophrasta jussieui at the Naples Botanical Garden
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Subfamily: Theophrastoideae
Genus: Theophrasta

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Currently accepted species include:[3]


  1. ^ Sp. Pl.: 149 (1753)
  2. ^ Bailey, Liberty Hyde; Miller, Wilhelm (1906). Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation of Horticultural Plants, Descriptions of the Species of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Ornamental Plants Sold in the United States and Canada, Together with Geographical and Biographical Sketches, and a Synopsis of the Vegetable Kingdom. VI. Doubleday, Page & Company. p. 1794.
  3. ^ "Theophrasta L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2020.