Proboscidea Schmidel

In its current circumscription Proboscidea is a genus of seven species (Gutierrez 2011), all native to the warmer parts of the Americas. Its center of diversity lies in the southwestern U.S.A. and Mexico. A few species are cultivated as ornamentals (Knees 2000, Jäger & al. 2008) or for their edible fruits (young fruits are pickled). One of these, P. louisianica (Mill.) Thell., has been recorded as an alien in Belgium.


Bretting P.K. (1981) A systematic and ethnobotanical survey of Proboscidea and allied genera of the Martyniaceae. PhD Thesis, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Bretting P.K. (1985) Nomenclatural changes in Proboscidea (Martyniaceae). Southwest. Nat. 30(1): 150-151.
Gutierrez R. (2011) A Phylogenetic Study of the Plant Family Martyniaceae (Order Lamiales). PhD thesis, Arizona State University. [available online at:
Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.
Knees S.G. (2000) Martyniaceae. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 6. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 371-372.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith