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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Joinvilleaceae
Genus: Joinvillea
Species: J. ascendens – J. borneensis – J. bryanii – J. plicata

Joinvillea Gaudich., Bull. Soc. Bot. France,8: 268. (1861)
Type species: Joinvillea plicata (Hook. f.) Newell & B.C. Stone, Taxon 16: 193. (1967)

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia Tropical
Regional: Southeastern Asia
Borneo, Malaya, New Caledonia, Philippines, Sumatera
Regional: Pacific
Caroline Is., Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Solomon Is., Vanuatu

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

Gaudichaud-Beaupré, C. (1861) Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France 8: 268.

Additional references

Govaerts, R. 2004. World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1–54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Joinvillea (Plantae) in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Mar 01. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Joinvillea (Plantae) in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Mar 01. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. 01. 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. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Mar. Reference page. 2022. Joinvillea (Plantae). Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 01 Mar 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Mar 01. Published online. Accessed: 2022.

Vernacular names

Joinvillea is a flowering plants genus in the family Joinvilleaceae. The family consists of one genus with species distributed from the Malay Peninsula to the Caroline Islands and high islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is evolutionarily significant as a relictual group that is a close relative of grasses. They closely resemble large grass plants, in both general appearance and microanatomy, but possess fleshy fruits.

Joinvillea ascendens Gaudich. ex Brongn. & Gris Hawaiian Islands[2]
Joinvillea borneensis Becc. Western Malesia to Caroline Islands[3]
Joinvillea bryanii Christoph. Samoa[4]
Joinvillea plicata (Hook.f.) Newell & B.C.Stone Solomon Islands to New Caledonia and southwest Pacific[5]


"Joinvillea Gaudich. ex Brongn. & Gris". Plants of the World Online. The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. n.d. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
Catalog of Life: Joinvillea ascendens
Catalog of Life: Joinvillea borneensis
Catalog of Life: Joinvillea bryanii
Catalog of Life: Joinvillea plicata

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