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Echites is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, first described as a genus in 1756. It is primarily native to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and the US State of Florida.


Over 500 names have been published for species, subspecies, and varieties within Echites, but most have been relegated to synonymy or moved to other genera. The following are currently accepted

  1. Echites agglutinatus Jacq. - Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Leeward Islands
  2. Echites brevipedunculatus Lippold - Cuba
  3. Echites cajalbanicus Lippold - Cuba
  4. Echites candelarianus J.F.Morales - Costa Rica
  5. Echites darienensis J.F.Morales - Panama
  6. Echites puntarenensis J.F.Morales - Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
  7. Echites turbinatus Woodson - Chiapas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama
  8. Echites tuxtlensis Standl. - Chiapas, Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras
  9. Echites umbellatus Jacq. - Tabasco, Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Bahamas, Florida, Turks & Caicos Islands, Colombian islands in the Western Caribbean
  10. Echites woodsonianus Monach. - Michoacán, Guerrero, Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
  11. Echites yucatanensis Millsp. ex Standl. - Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Jalisco, Guerrero, Tabasco, Yucatán Peninsula