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- adj. Of or pertaining to the large and diverse family of flowering plants known as Rubiaceae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a very large natural order of plants (Rubiaceæ) named after the madder (Rubia tinctoria), and including about three hundred and seventy genera and over four thousand species. Among them are the coffee tree, the trees yielding peruvian bark and quinine, the madder, the quaker ladies, and the trees bearing the edible fruits called genipap and Sierre Leone peach, besides many plants noted for the beauty or the fragrance of their blossoms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, belonging to or characteristic of the Rubiaceæ.
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One of these, Oldenlandia adscensionis (a rubiaceous shrub) has not been seen since 1889, and is probably extinct.
But in an underdeveloped country full of tobacco stands and rubiaceous trees
We find among rubiaceous plants, besides the cinchonas and exostemas, the Coutarea speciosa or Cayenne bark, the
I observed a green belt of trees scarcely 300 yards to the northward; and on riding towards it, I found myself on the banks of a large fresh water river from 500 to 800 yards broad, with not very high banks, densely covered with salt water Hibiscus (Paritium), with a small rubiaceous tree
We find among rubiaceous plants, besides the cinchonas and exostemas, the
This, however, is unfounded; since it is precisely by the disposition of the leaves, and the absence of stipules, that the cuspa differs totally from the trees of the rubiaceous family.