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Phytolaccaceae

Family Profile

Phytolaccaceae

Family Description

A family of 20 genera and 100 species, pantropic but particularly well developed in America; one genus occurs naturally in Australia.

Genera

Monococcus - A genus of 1 species, found in New Caldeonia, New Hebrides and Australia. Cooper & Cooper (2004); Harden (2014); Hewson (1984).

Phytolacca - A genus of about 25 species in the tropics and subtropics, mostly in tropical America; three species have become naturalised in Australia. Backer (1951); Hewson (1984).

Rivina - A genus of one to three species originally from tropical America but now pantropic weeds; one species has become naturalised in Australia. Backer (1951); Hewson (1984).

References

Backer, C.A. (1951). Phytolaccaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana'. Ser. 1, Vol. 4, (P. Noordhoff Ltd: Groningen.), pp. 229-232. Hewson, H.J. (1984). Phytolaccaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 4, (Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.), pp. 1-5.

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.


Hewson, H.J.  (1984).  Phytolaccaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 4, (Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.), pp. 1-5.