Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of 12 genera and about 635 species, widespread in tropical and warm temperate areas but not present in Africa; nine genera occur naturally in Australia.


Aceratium - A genus of about 20 species in Malesia, Australia and Vanuatu; five species occur naturally in Australia. Balgooy (1963, 1976).

Elaeocarpus - A genus of about 350 species, widespread in tropical and warm temperate areas but not present in Africa; 33 species occur naturally in Australia. Coode (1984); Coode (2004); Cooper & Cooper (2004); Harden et al. (2014); PlantNET [26/7/2016].

Peripentadenia - A genus of two species endemic to Australia. Coode (1987); Hyland & Coode (1982); Smith (1957).

Sloanea - A genus of about 150 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia, New Caledonia and tropical America; four species occur naturally in Australia. Coode (1983), Coode (2004).


Balgooy, M.M.J. van (1963). Review of the Australian species of Aceratium. Blumea 12:71-77.

Balgooy, M.M.J. van (1976). A note on Aceratium ferrugineum C.T. White (Elaeocarpaceae). Blumea 23:49-50.

Coode, M.J.E. (1981). Elaeocarpaceae. In Henty, E.E. (Ed.) 'Handbooks of the flora of Papua New Guinea.' Vol. 2, (Melbourne University Press: Melbourne.), pp. 38-185.

Coode, M.J.E. (1983). A conspectus of Sloanea (Elaeocarpaceae) in the Old World. Kew Bulletin 38:347-427.

Coode, M.J.E. (1984). Elaeocarpus in Australia and New Zealand. Kew Bulletin 39:509-586.

Coode, M.J.E. (1987). Crinodendron, Dubozetia and Peripentadenia, closely related in Elaeocarpaceae. Kew Bulletin 42:777-814.

Coode, M.J. (2004). Elaeocarpaceae. In Kubitzki, K.(ed), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Flowering Plants Dicotyldeons. Celastrales, Oxalidales, Rosales, Cornales, Ericales. (Springer-Verlag: Berlin). Vol. 6, pp. 135-144.

Cooper, Wendy & Cooper, William T. (2004) Fruits of the Australian tropical rainforest, Nokomis Publications, Clifton Hill, Vic.

Harden, G.J., Nicholson, H.R.W., McDonald, W.J.F., Nicholson, N.J., Tame, T. & Williams, J. (2014). Rainforest Plants of Australia. Rockhampton to Victoria. Gwen Harden Publishing.

Hyland, B.P.M. & Coode, M.J.E. (1982). A second species for the Australian genus Peripentadenia (Elaeocarpaceae). Kew Bulletin 36:741-745. Morley, B. (1978).

Elaeocarpaceae. In Heywood, V.H. (Ed.) 'Flowering Plants of the World.' (Oxford University Press: Oxford.), pp. 89-90.

PlantNET (The NSW Plant Information Network System). Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney. [26/7/2016].

Smith, L.S. (1957). New species of and notes on Queensland plants - II. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 68:43-50.

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