Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of about 19 genera and about 85 species, in eastern Malesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and western Pacific.


Dianella - A genus of about 20 species in Africa, SE Asia, Malesia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands to Hawaii; about 15 species occur naturally in Australia. Identification to the species level or lower is sometimes very difficult.

Geitonoplesium - A monotypic genus in Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands. Conran & Clifford (1986); Laferriere (1995).


Conran, J.G. & Clifford, H.T. (1986). Smilacaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 46, pp. 180-196.

Henderson, R.J.F. (1987e). Dianella. Flora of Australia. 45: 194-225.

Laferriere, J.E. (1995). Nomenclature and type specimens in Eustrephus R.Br. and Geitonoplesium Hook. (Geitonoplesiaceae). Austrobaileya 4(3):391-399.

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