Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of 58 genera and 2590 species worldwide.


Ardisia - A genus of ca. 250-400 species, pantropic but absent from Africa; about four species occur naturally in Australia and three species have become naturalised. Bailey (1891); Mez (1902).

Embelia - A genus of about 130 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; four species occur naturally in Australia. Reynolds (1991).

Maesa - A genus of about 150 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia, Australia and the SW Pacific islands; probably three species occur naturally in Australia. Mez (1902); Sleumer (1987); Anderberg, A.A. et al (2000) .

Myrsine - A pantropic genus of about 300 species. Twenty species occur on mainland Australia. Harden et al. (2014); Jackes (2005); Stahl & Anderberg (2004).

Tapeinosperma - A genus of about 100 species in New Guinea, Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji; three species occur naturally in Australia. Mez (1902); Jackes (2005b).

Tetrardisia - A genus of ca. 6 species from Malesia to Australia. Jackes (2009)


Anderberg, A.A., Stahl, B. & Kallersjo, M. (2000) Maesaceae, a new primordial family in the Order Ericales s.l. Taxon 49

Bailey, F.M. (1891). Contributions to the Queensland Flora. Queensland Department of Agriculture. Botany Bulletin No. 3:1-32.

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.

Jackes, B.R. (2005). Revision of Myrsine (Myrsinaceae) in Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 399-438.

Jackes, B.R. (2005b). Studies in Australian Myrsinaceae: Tapeinosperma Hook.f. Austrobaileya 7(1): 99-110.

Jackes, B.R. (2009) Taxonomic revision of Australian Myrsinaceae: Ardisia Sw. and Tetrardisia Mez. Austrobaileya 8(1)

Mez, C. (1902). Myrsinaceae. In Engler, A.(Ed.) 'Das Pflanzenreich: Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus.' Vol. 9, (H.R. Engelmann: Leipzig. ) pp. 1-437.

Reynolds, S.T. (1991). The genus Embelia N.Burman (Myrsinaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 3: 361-367.

Sleumer, H. (1987). A revision of the genus Maesa Forsk. (Myrsinaceae) in New Guinea, the Moluccas, and the Solomon Islands. Blumea 32:1-137.

Stahl, B. and Anderberg, A.A. (2004) Myrsinaceae. In Professor Dr. Klaus Kubitzki  (ed) The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants Flowering Plants. Dicotyledons Celastrales, Oxalidales, Rosales, Cornales, Ericales. Volume 6, pp 266-281.

White, C.T. (1933). Ligneous plants collected for the Arnold Arboretum in North Queensland by S.F. Kajewski in 1929. Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4:1-113.

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