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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: Rosales

Familia: Rosaceae
Subfamilia: Rosoideae
Tribus: Agrimonieae
Subtribus: Sanguisorbinae
Genus: Margyricarpus
Species: M. digynus – M. lanatus – M. microcarpus – M. pinnatus

Margyricarpus Ruiz & Pav., Fl. Peruv. Prodr.: 7, t. 33 (1794).

Type species: Margyricarpus pinnatus (Lam.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 3[3]: 77. (1898)

Note: This is a view of the genus with Tetraglochin Poepp., Fragm. Syn. Pl. 26. (1833) segregated. Hassler (2020) cf. Govaerts et al. (2020) also see Cialdella & Pometti, (2017) and Funez et al., (2021). Hassler's view is taxonomically unsound as it contains comb. ined. in his species list.
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Western South America
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.
Regional: Brazil
Brazil West-Central, Brazil South.
Regional: Southern South America
Argentina Northeast, Argentina South, Argentina Northwest, Chile Central, Juan Fernández Islands, Uruguay.

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

Ruiz, H. & Pavon, J. 1794. Florae Peruvianae, et Chilensis prodromus, sive Novorum generum plantarum Peruvianarum, et Chilensium descriptiones, et icones. XXII + 154 pp., 37 tt. Sancha, Madrid. Biblioteca Digital Reference page.

Additional references

Cialdella, A.M. & Pometti, C.L. 2017. Taxonomic revision of the genus Tetraglochin (Rosaceae, Rosoideae) and morphometric analysis of its species. Phytotaxa 296(3): 201-227. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.296.3.1 Paywall ResearchGate Reference page.
Funez, L.A., Hassemer, G., Peroni, N., & Drechsler-Santos, E.R. 2021. Two new species of Margyricarpus (Rosaceae, Sanguisorbeae) from high-elevation grasslands in southern Brazil, and other notes on the genus Margyricarpus. Phytotaxa 496(3): 281-93. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.496.3.7 Paywall Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Margyricarpus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan. 27. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Margyricarpus. 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 Jan. 27. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Margyricarpus. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 15 2022. 2022. Margyricarpus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 27 Jan. 2022.

Vernacular names
English: Pearl Fruit

Margyricarpus is a genus of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to South America.[2]

The genus was first described by Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavón Jiménez in 1794.[1] It is placed in the subtribe Sanguisorbinae.[3]

As of April 2021, Plants of the World Online accepted the following species:[2]

Margyricarpus digynus (Bitter) Skottsb.
Margyricarpus pinnatus (Lam.) Kuntze


"Margyricarpus Ruiz & Pav.", The International Plant Names Index, retrieved 2021-09-06
"Margyricarpus Ruiz & Pav.", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2021-09-06
"Margyricarpus pinnatus", Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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