Tinantia Scheidw.

(syn.: Commelinantia Tharp)

Tinantia is a genus of ca. 14 New World species. Most are native in tropical America (mostly Mexico and Nicaragua) with one species extending north to Texas in the United States (Faden 2000). One species, Tinantia erecta (Jacq.) Schlecht., is cultivated as an ornamental in Europe (Hunt 1984) and has been recorded as an escape in Belgium.


Davidse G., Sousa Sánchez M. & Chater A.O. (eds.) (1994) Alismataceae a Cyperaceae. Fl. Mesoamer, vol. 6: XVI + 543 p. [available online at: http://www.tropicos.org/Project/FM).

Faden R.B. (2000) Commelinaceae. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Flora of North America, vol. 22. Oxford University Press, New York-Oxford: 170-197.

Hunt D.R. (1984) Tinantia. In: Walters S.M. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 2. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 26-27.

Rohweder O. (1956) Commelinaceae in die Farinosae in der Vegetation von El Salvador. Abh. Auslandsk., Reihe C, Naturwiss. 18: 98-178.

Rohweder O. (1962) Zur systematischen Stellung der Commelinaceen-Gattung Commelinantia Tharp. Ber. Deutsch. Bot. Ges. 75: 51-56.

Tharp B.C. (1922) Commelinantia, a new genus of the Commelinaceae. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 49: 269-275.         

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