Coffea canephora Pierre ex A.Froehner

Last updated: 06 May 2015

Scientific Name

Coffea canephora Pierre ex A.Froehner


Coffea bukobensis A.Zimm., Coffea laurentii De Wild., Coffea maclaudii A.Chev., Coffea quillon Wester [Invalid], Coffea robusta L.Linden, Coffea ugandae Cramer, Coffea welwitschii Pierre ex De Wild. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Kahwa, kopi [2]
English Wild robusta coffee, rio numez coffee [2], robusta coffee [3], canephora coffee [4]
Vietnam C[af] ph[ee] v[oos]I [3]
France Caféier robusta [3]

Geographical Distributions

Coffea canephora was first introduced into Java in 1900 from Congo. This plant is now cultivated in tropical regions throughout the world. [3]

Botanical Description

C. canephora comes from the family of Rubiaceae. It is a large tree that can reach up to measure 8-12 m tall, with long flexible branches. [3]

The leaves are 15-30(-40) cm x 5-15 cm with corrugated surface and with measure about 1-2 cm long petiole. [3]

The flowers are white in colour, up to 80 flowers per node and with 5-7-lobed petal. The stamens and styleare well exserted. [3]

The fruits are smaller, measuring about 8-16 mm long. [3]

The root is shallower with shorter taproot. [3]     


Selection programmes in East Java resulted in high-yielding plant material, which formed the basis for C. canephora production not only in Asia and major producers being Indonesia, Vietnam and India - but even in tropical Africa. [3]

C. canephora is well adapted to the warm and humid equatorial climates with average temperatures of 22-26°C, minimum not below 10°C at altitudes of 100-800 m, and well-distributed annual rainfall of 2000 mm or more. [3]

Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of C. canephora Pierre ex A.Froehner [3]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Coffea canephora Pierre ex A.Froehner[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology. Volume I A-C. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press LLC; 1999. p. 577.
  3. Coffea canephora Pierre ex Froehn.In: van der Vossen HAM, Wessel M, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 16: Stimulants. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2000.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of Medicinal Plants Used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 207.