1. Schoepfia Schreber, Gen. Pl. 1: 129. 1789.
Whitewood [For Johann David Schoepf, 1752–1800, German physician and botanist] Whitewood [For Johann David Schoepf, 1752–1800, German physician and botanist]
Shrubs or trees, branching sympodial on distal shoots, glabrous [hairy]. Leaves: blade subcoriaceous, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences: peduncle base with persistent imbricate bracts. Pedicels absent [present]. Flowers sweetly fragrant; epicalyx 3-lobed; nectary annular, fleshy, covering ovary distally; corolla cylindric, subcampanulate, or urceolate, lobes reflexed; filaments short, arising proximal to post-staminal hairs. Drupes subtended by persistent epicalyx, with remains of nectary and corolla at apex. x = 12.
Species 25 (1 in the flora): Florida, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Asia.
Twenty species of Schoepfia are Neotropical (H. Sleumer 1984) and are classified in section Schoepfia; five species are in sections Schoepfiopsis (Miers) Engler and Alloschoepfia Sleumer of Asia (Sleumer 1935; K. R. Robertson 1982).