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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Lecythidaceae
Genus: Careya
Synonyms [1]


Careya is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lecythidaceae. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent, Afghanistan, Indochina, and Peninsular Malaysia. [1]


It was first described as a genus by William Roxburgh in volume 3 part 1 of Plants of the Coast of Coromandel. The title page of this volume gives the date of publication as 1819, [2] [3] but the International Plant Names Index states that this part was first published in 1811, [4] and this is the date accepted by IPNI and Tropicos, for example. [5] Careya is a conserved name, and 1811 is also the date given in the conservation proposal. [6]

Species [1]
  1. Careya arborea Roxb. – most of genus range from Afghanistan to Singapore
  2. Careya herbacea Roxb. – Himalayas (N + E India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh)
  3. Careya valida Kurz – Andaman Islands

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