Gnidia oppositifolia L.

White Gnidia

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Genus: Gnidia

Size: To 6' tall


Green leaves, lime green new growth. Yellow flowers in spring.

The plant grows to the height of three feet, with a very slender stem, and, often, loses most of its leaves to a considerable height from the earth, which gives it rather a disagreeable appearance towards the lower part. (Bot. Repos.)

The specimens we have seen, have been from one foot to two feet high... Flowers light yellow, rendered nearly white on the outside, by hairs of that colour... Belongs to the green-house, requiring little care, and is easily multiplied by cuttings. Should be planted in peat-mould. Blooms in winter and summer. (Bot. Reg.)


Native to South Africa and sent to Kew in 1783.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 358 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 1 in 1815 and Bot. Repos. 4: 225 in 1802: The Opposite-leaved Gnidia is from the Cape of Good Hope, and must be treated as a tender greenhouse or dry-stove plant... The Kew Catalogue mentions this species to have been introduced in the year 1788, by Mr. F. Masson. (Bot. Repos.)

Native of the Cape of Good Hope; from whence it was sent to the Kew Gardens, by Mr. Masson, in 1783. (Bot. Reg.)

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Gnidia laevigata Thunb. 1794 = synonym

Passerina laevigata L. 1756 (Bot. Reg. gives publication as Sp. Pl. but should be Cent. Pl. II. = synonym

Nectandra laevigata (L.) P.J.Bergius 1767 = synonym


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