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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Celastrales

Familia: Celastraceae
Genus: Denhamia
Species: D. bilocularis – D. celastroides – D. cunninghamii – D. cupularis – D. disperma – D. fasciculiflora – D. ferdinandi – D. fournieri – D. moorei – D. obscura – D. oleaster – D. parvifolia – D. pittosporoides – D. silvestris – D. viridissima

Denhamia Meisn., Pl. Vasc. Gen. 1: 18 (1837).

Type species: Denhamia obscura (A. Rich.) Meisn. ex Walp.

Primary references

Meisner, C.F. 1837–1843. Plantarum vascularium genera secundum ordines naturales digesta eorumque differentiae et affinitates tabulis diagnosticis expositae. Weidmann, Lipsiae [Leipzig]. 402 pp. BHL Reference page. (p. 18)


Hassler, M. 2019. Denhamia. 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. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 September 30. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Denhamia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Denhamia. Published online. Accessed: 18 February 2018.
Denhamia in: Australian Plant Census (APC) 2018. IBIS database, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria. Accessed: 2018 February 18.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Denhamia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 18 February 2018.

Denhamia is a genus of plants within the family Celastraceae, with species in Australia and New Caledonia. The species inhabit a variety of environments, from rainforest to semi-arid savanna. All species grow as shrubs or small trees up to 10 metres in height. The genus is composed of nine species, with two currently unnamed species:

Denhamia celastroides
Denhamia fournieri
Denhamia moorei
Denhamia obscura
Denhamia oleaster
Denhamia parviflora
Denhamia pittosporoides
Denhamia pittosporoides subsp. pittosporoides
Denhamia pittosporoides subsp. angustifolia
Denhamia viridissima
Denhamia sp. Jardine River
Denhamia sp. Junee Tableland

Some authors regard Denhamia as a paraphyletic genus which should properly include the Australasian Maytenus species.

McKenna, M.J., M.P. Simmons, C.D. Bacon and J.A. Lombardi. 2011. “Delimitation of the segregate genera of Maytenus sensu lato (Celastraceae) based on morphological and molecular characters.” Systematic Botany 36: 922–932.

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