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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Saxifragales

Familia: Hamamelidaceae
Subfamilia: Hamamelidoideae
Genus: Loropetalum
Species: L. chinense – L. lanceum – L. subcordatum

Loropetalum R.Br. ex Rchb., 1829

Type species: Loropetalum chinense (R. Br.) Oliv.


Tetrathyrium Benth., Fl. Hongk. 132 (1861)

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: Eastern Asia
Assam, China South-Central, China Southeast, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Brown, R., 1829. Consp. Regn. Veg.: 87
Additional references

Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. 2021. The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8, Article number 215. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Loropetalum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Oct 06. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. Oct. Loropetalum. Published online. Accessed: 06 Oct. 2021. Loropetalum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Oct 06.
Hassler, M. 2021. Loropetalum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Oct 06. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Loropetalum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
беларуская: Лоропеталум
русский: Лоропеталум
中文: 檵木屬

Loropetalum is a genus of four species of shrubs or small trees in the witch-hazel family, Hamamelidaceae, native to China, Japan, and south-eastern Asia.[2]


Flowers are produced in clusters during spring and are similar to those of the closely related witch-hazel. Each flower consists of four to six (depending on species) slender strap shaped petals 1–2 cm long.

Loropetalum is placed in tribe Loropetaleae, subfamily Hamamelidoideae, family Hamamelidaceae of the Saxifragales.[1][3]

The name Loropetalum refers to the shape of the flowers and comes from the Greek loron meaning strap and petalon meaning petal.

The species are:

Loropetalum chinense - white-flowering variety up to 3.7 m tall, pink-flowering variety up to 1.5 m tall
Loropetalum flavum - yellow flowers
Loropetalum lanceum - up to 13 m tall, white flowers
Loropetalum subcordatum - up to 12 m tall


Averyanov et al 2018.
Zhang et al 2004.

Li & Bogle 2001.


Averyanov, Leonid V.; Endress, Peter K.; Nguyen, Khang Sinh; Thai, Tran Huy; Maisak, Tatiana V.; Averyanova, Anna L.; Diep, Le Ngoc (28 December 2018). "Loropetalum flavum (Hamamelidaceae), a new species from northern Vietnam". Phytotaxa. 385 (2): 94. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.385.2.5.
Li, Jianhua; Bogle, A. Linn (2001). "A new suprageneric classification system of the Hamamelidoideae based on morphology and sequences of nuclear and chloroplast dna". Harvard Papers in Botany. 5 (2): 499–515. ISSN 1043-4534. JSTOR 41761618.
Zhi-Yun Zhang, Hongda Zhang, and Peter K. Endress (2004), "Loropetalum R. Brown in G. F. Abel, Narr. Journey China, App. B. 375. 1818", Flora of China
San Marcos Growers: Loropetalum

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