Nylandtia spinosa ("Tortoise berry")
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Polygalaceae
Genus: Nylandtia
Dumortier (1822)

Nylandtia is a small genus of two species of shrub, in the family Polygalaceae. The genus is endemic to the fynbos vegetation in the winter-rainfall parts of the Cape, South Africa. It is named after the early Dutch botanist Pierre Nylandt.

The species of this genus are commonly known as "Tortoise berry" plants ("skilpadbessie"). This is because of the bright edible berries that they produce, which are relished by the tortoise species of the region.[1]


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  1. Forest, Félix; Manning, John C. (1 January 2006). "Evidence for Inclusion of South African Endemic Nylandtia in Muraltia (Polygalaceae)". Systematic Botany. 31 (3): 525–532. doi:10.2307/25064182 (inactive 2016-08-22). JSTOR 25064182.
  2. "Nylandtia spinosa".
  3. "Nylandtia scoparia".

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