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Family Description

A family of about 10-12 genera and 350-400 species, more or less pantropic but not present in Africa; six 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 60 species, more or less pantropic but not present in Africa; 27 species occur naturally in Australia. Coode (1984).

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

Sloanea - A genus of about 120 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia, New Caledonia and tropical America; four species occur naturally in Australia. Coode (1983).


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.

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.

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