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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Rousseaceae
Genera (4): AbrophyllumCarpodetusCuttsiaRoussea


Rousseaceae DC. (1839)

Type genus: Roussea Sm. Pl. Icon. Ined. 1: 6, pl. 6. (1789)


Abrophyllaceae Nakai
Carpodetaceae Fenzl.


Candolle, A.P. de 1839. Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 7(2): 521.
Lundberg, J. 2001. The asteralean affinity of the Mauritian Roussea (Rousseaceae), Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 137: 267–276. 2014. Rousseaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 24 Feb. 2014.

Vernacular names
русский: Руссеевые
中文: 守宫花科

Rousseaceae is a plant family in the order Asterales containing trees and shrubs. The fruit is a berry or capsule. Leaves are simple, with toothed margins. Leaf stipules are not seen in this group.

The family contains four genera[1] and twelve or thirteen species. From Mauritius, Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and a few other Pacific Islands. The genera Abrophyllum, Cuttsia and Carpodetus have been formerly placed in a separate family, Carpodetaceae, or within Escalloniaceae.

Roussea is sister to the remainder of the family and is most distanced from the other genera. Carpodetus is the sister to the clade consisting of Abrophyllum and Cuttsia. This results in the following phylogenetic tree.[2]

order Asterales

family Campanulaceae (± cosmopolitan)

family Rousseaceae
subfamily Rousseoideae

Roussea (Mauritius)

subfamily Carpodetoideae
(eastern Australia)



Carpodetus (New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand)

other Asterales families


Floyd, A. G. (2008). Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia (2nd, Revised ed.). Lismore, New South Wales: Terania Rainforest Publishing. p. 326. ISBN 0-958943-67-2. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
Michael Heads (2013). Biogeography of Australasia: A Molecular Analysis. Cambridge University Press.

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