Monographs Details: Randia aculeata var. aculeata f. mitis (L.) Steyerm.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1972. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part IX. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 23: 1-832.
Family:Rubiaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. West Indies (Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Tobago, Bahamas) and United States (Florida).

Discussion:

Randia mitis L., Sp. Pl. 1192. 1753.

Gardenia randia var mitis (L.) Sw., Fl. Ind. Occ. 1: 528. 1797.

Randia latifolia Lam. var mitis (L.) DC., Prodr. 4: 385. 1830.

Randia aculeata var mitis (L.) Griseb., Fl. Br. W. Ind. 318. 1861.

Type. Jamaica.

Linnaeus described two species (Randia mitis and R. aculeata) in his Species Plantarum, p. 1192. 1753, R. mitis appearing first in order of publication. Standley used the name R. aculeata (Field Mus. Publ. Bot. 7: 59. 1930), stating that “De Candolle in uniting the two Linnaean species employed the name R. aculeata, which has been used by most subsequent authors.” Actually, de Candolle (Prodr. 4: 385. 1830) did not unite the two as the same taxon, but placed R. mitis L. as a variety “ß mitis” under R. latifolia Lam., the latter species being used as the legitimate name with R. aculeata placed in synonymy.

Distribution:West Indies| Jamaica South America| Puerto Rico South America| Cuba South America| Trinidad and Tobago South America| Bahamas South America| United States of America North America|