Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of 55 genera and 1010 species, pantropical and temperate.


Casearia - A genus of about 160 species, pantropic; nine species occur naturally in Australia. Jessup (1982); Sleumer (1954).

Flacourtia - A genus of about 17 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands; two species occur naturally in Australia and one species has become naturalised. Jessup (1982).

Homalium - A genus of about 200 species, pantropic; three species and two informally named taxa occur naturally in Australia. Cooper & Cooper (2004); Harden et al. (2014); Jessup (1982).

Scolopia - A genus of 35-40 species in Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Jessup (1982).

Xylosma - A genus of about 100 species in tropical America, SE Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; four species occur naturally on the Australian mainland. Harden et al. (2014); Jessup (1982;1984).


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.

Jessup, L.W.  (1982).  Flacourtiaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 8, pp. 66-84, 385.

Jessup, L.W.  (1984).  A revision of Xylosma G. Forster (Flacourtiaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 2:77-79.

Sleumer, H.  (1954).  Flacourtiaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 5, (P. Noordhoff Ltd: Groningen.), pp. 1-106.

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