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Family Profile

Meliaceae

Family Description

A family of 52 genera and about 600 species, pantropic with a few species in temperate regions; 11 genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Aglaia - A genus of more than 100 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; about ten species occur naturally in Australia. Pannell (1992); Pennington & Styles (1975).

Anthocarapa - A genus of one or two species in Malesia, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Pennington & Styles (1975).

Chisocheton - A genus of about 50 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Debnath & Sreekumer (1993); Pennington & Styles (1975); Stevens (1975, 1978).

Chukrasia - A monotypic genus in Asia and Malesia, now naturalised in Australia. Pennington & Styles (1975).

Dysoxylum - A genus of about 80 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands; about 15 species occur naturally in Australia. Braggins et al. (1999); Mabberley et al. (1995); Pennington & Styles (1975).

Melia - A genus of three species in Africa, Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Solomon Islands; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Mabberley (1984); Pennington & Styles (1975).

Synoum - A genus of one or two species endemic to Australia. Pennington & Styles (1975).

Toona - A genus of six species in Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Pennington & Styles (1975).

Turraea - A genus of about 60 species in Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Pennington & Styles (1975).

Vavaea - A genus of five species in Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; two species occur naturally in Australia. Mabberley et al. (1995); Pennington (1969).

References

Braggins, J.E., Large, M.F. & Mabberley, D.J. (1999). Sexual arrangements in Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile, Meliaceae). Telopea 8:315-324.

Debnath, H.S. & Sreekumer, P.V. (1993). 31. Chisocheton longistipitatus (F.M. Bailey) L.S. Smith (Meliaceae) A new record for Indian flora. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 90:123.

Mabberley, D.J. (1983). Meliaceae. In Morley, B.D. & Toelken, H.R. (Eds) 'Flowering Plants in Australia.' (Rigby Publishers: Adelaide.), pp. 198-200.

Mabberley, D.J. (1984). A monograph of Melia in Asia and the Pacific. The history of White Cedar and Persian Lilac. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 37:49-64.

Mabberley, D.J., Pannell, C.M. & Sing, A.M. (1995). Meliaceae. In 'Flora of Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 12, (Rijksherbarium: Leiden.), pp. 1-407.

Pannell, C.M. (1992). 'A taxonomic monograph of the genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae).' Kew Bulletin Additional Series XVI, (HMSO: London.), 379 pp.

Pennington, T.D. (1969). Materials for a monograph of the Meliaceae. I. A revision of the genus Vavaea. Blumea 17:351-366.

Pennington, T.D. & Styles, B.T. (1975). A generic monograph of the Meliaceae. Blumea 22:419-540.

Stevens, P.F. (1975). Review of Chisocheton (Meliaceae) in Papuasia. Contributions from Herbarium Australiense 11:1-55.

Stevens, P.F. (1978). Meliaceae - Chisocheton. In Womersley, J.S. (Ed.) 'Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea.' Vol. 1, (Melbourne University Press: Melbourne.), pp. 135-174.