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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Apocynoideae
Tribus: Echiteae
Subtribus: Parsonsiinae
Genus: Parsonsia
Species: P. affinis – P. alboflavescens – P. aneityensis – P. apiculata – P. appressa – P. bartlensis – P. blakeana – P. brachiata – P. brisbanensis – P. brownii – P. buruensis – P. capsularis – P. catalpicarpa – P. celebica – P. constricta – P. crebriflora – P. curvisepala – P. densiflora – P. densivestita – P. diaphanophleba – P. dorrigoensis – P. edulis – P. effusa – P. eucalyptophylla – P. ferruginea – P. flavescens – P. flexilis – P. flexuosa – P. franchetii – P. fulva – P. goniostemon – P. grandiflora – P. grayana – P. hebetica – P. heterophylla – P. howeana – P. inae – P. induplicata – P. kimberleyensis – P. kroombitensis – P. laevis – P. lanceolata – P. langiana – P. larcomensis – P. largiflorens – P. lata – P. latifolia – P. laxiflora – P. leichhardtii – P. lenticellata – P. lilacina – P. longiflora – P. longiloba – P. longipetiolata – P. macrophylla – P. marginata – P. novoguineensis – P. oligantha – P. pachycarpa – P. paulforsteri – P. pedunculata – P. penangiana – P. philippinensis – P. plaesiophylla – P. populifolia – P. praeruptis – P. purpurascens – P. rotata – P. rubra – P. sanguinea – P. sankowskyana – P. scabra – P. schoddei – P. smithii – P. straminea – P. sundensis – P. tenuiflora – P. tenuis – P. terminaliifolia – P. vaccinioides – P. velutina – P. ventricosa – P. warenensis – P. wildensis – P. wongabelensis

Parsonsia R.Br., 1809

Brown, R. 1809. On the Apocineae 64.


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Parsonsia in: Australian Plant Census (APC) 2018. IBIS database, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria. Accessed: 2018 February 15.Parsonsia is a genus of woody vines in the family Apocynaceae. Species occur throughout Indomalaya, Australasia and Melanesia.[1]


The leaves are opposite, the shape and size of juvenile leaves often bearing little resemblance to the adult leaves.[2] The latex may be clear and colourless, pale yellow or milky white.[2] The flowers are green, white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink or brown, sometimes with contrasting markings. These are followed by elongated pod-like capsules, the two follicles eventually separating to reveal numerous seeds with long, silky hairs.[2]

The genus was named and described in 1810 by botanist Robert Brown in his paper On the Asclepiadeae published in Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society .[3] He named the genus in honour of James Parsons (1705–1770), an English physician and Fellow of the Royal Society.[4]

The generic name Parsonsia R.Br. (1810) is conserved against the earlier homonym Parsonsia P.Browne which was given to a genus in the family Lythraceae. The latter genus is now included in Cuphea.[5]

Parsonsia is closely related to Artia and Prestonia.[6][7]
Parsonsia brownii
Parsonsia brownii

Accepted species[1]

Parsonsia affinis Baill. – New Caledonia
Parsonsia alboflavescens (Dennst.) Mabb. – China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina,, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia.[3][8][9]
Parsonsia apiculata D.J.Middleton
Parsonsia aneityensis Guillaumin – Vanuatu
Parsonsia apiculata (Bakh.f.) D.J.Middleton – Java, Bali
Parsonsia appressa D.J.Middleton – Papua New Guinea[9]
Parsonsia bartlensis J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia blakeana J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia brachiata Baillon ex Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia brisbanensis J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia brownii (Britten) Pichon – SE Australia[3]
Parsonsia buruensis (Teijsm. & Binn.) Boerl. – Maluku, Papua New Guinea[9]
Parsonsia capsularis (Forster f.) R. Br. – New Zealand[11]
Parsonsia catalpicarpa – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia celebica (Oliv.) Sleesen – W Malaysia, Borneo, Sulawesi
Parsonsia constricta D.J.Middleton – W New Guinea
Parsonsia crebriflora Baill. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia curvisepala K. Schum. – Perak, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Philippines[9][12]
Parsonsia densiflora D.J.Middleton – Papua New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia densivestita C.T.White – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia diaphanophleba F.Muell. – Western Australia [3]
Parsonsia dorrigoensis J.B.Williams – New South Wales[3]
Parsonsia edulis (G. Benn.) Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia effusa S. Moore – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia eucalyptophylla F.Muell. – E Australia[3]
Parsonsia ferruginea J.B.Williams – Queensland [3]
Parsonsia flavescens Merr. & L.M. Perry – New Guinea [9][13]
Parsonsia flexilis Baill. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia flexuosa Baill. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia franchetii Baill. ex Guillaumin – New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands[10]
Parsonsia fulva S.T.Blake – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia goniostemon Hand.-Mazz. – Guangxi[8]
Parsonsia grandiflora D.J.Middleton[3] – Bacan I in Maluku[14]
Parsonsia grayana J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia hebetica Markgr. – Papua New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia × heterocapsa Allan – New Zealand
Parsonsia heterophylla A. Cunn. – New Zealand[11]
Parsonsia howeana J.B.Williams – Lord Howe Island[3]
Parsonsia inae Guillaumin – Vanuatu
Parsonsia induplicata F.Muell. – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia kimberleyensis J.B.Williams – Western Australia[3]
Parsonsia kroombitensis J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia laevis – Fiji, Vanuatu[13][15]
Parsonsia lanceolata R.Br. – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia langiana F.Muell. – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia larcomensis J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia largiflorens (F.Muell. ex Benth.) S.T.Blake – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia lata Markgr.- Maluku, New Guinea, Solomon Is [16][9]
Parsonsia latifolia (Benth.) S.T.Blake – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia laxiflora Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia leichhardtii F.Muell. – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia lenticellata C.T.White – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia lilacina F.Muell. – Queensland, NSW
Parsonsia longiflora Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia longiloba D.J.Middleton – New Ireland
Parsonsia longipetiolata J.B.Williams – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia macrophylla Pichon ex Guillaumin. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia marginata Markgr. – New Guinea
Parsonsia novoguinensis D.J.Middleton – New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia oligantha (K.Schum.) D.J.Middleton – New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia pachycarpa Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia paulforsteri J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia pedunculata Markgr. – Bismarck Archipelago[9]
Parsonsia penangiana King & Gamble – Penang, Thailand
Parsonsia philippinensis Merr. – Philippines, Java, Borneo, W Malaysia, Thailand
Parsonsia plaesiophylla S.T.Blake – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia populifolia Baill. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia praeruptis Heads & Lange – North I of New Zealand
Parsonsia purpurascens J.B.Williams – New South Wales[3]
Parsonsia rotata Maiden & Betche – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia rubra Kaneh. & Hatus. J. – Maluku, New Guinea [9][13]
Parsonsia sanguinea Markgr. – New Guinea[3][9][13]
Parsonsia sankowskyana J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia scabra (Labill.) Markgr. – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia schoddei D.J.Middleton – Papua New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia smithii Markgr. – Vanua Levu in Fiji
Parsonsia straminea (R.Br.) F.Muell. – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia sundensis D.J.Middleton[3] – East Timor[17]
Parsonsia tenuiflora D.J.Middleton[3] – W New Guinea
Parsonsia tenuis S.T.Blake – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia terminaliifolia Guillaumin – New Caledonia[10]
Parsonsia vaccinoides Markgr. – W New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia velutina R.Br. – Timor, Maluku, Australia, New Guinea[3][9]
Parsonsia ventricosa F.Muell. – Queensland, NSW[3]
Parsonsia warenensis Kanehira & Hatusima – Papua New Guinea [9]
Parsonsia wildensis J.B.Williams – Queensland[3]
Parsonsia wongabelensis J.B.Williams- Queensland[3]

formerly included[1]

Parsonsia balansae Baill. = Artia balansae (Baill.) Pichon ex Guillaumin
Parsonsia barbata Blume = Parameria laevigata (Juss.) Moldenke
Parsonsia brachycarpa Baill. = Artia brachycarpa (Baill.) Boiteau
Parsonsia bracteata Hook. & Arn. = Mandevilla pentlandiana (DC.) Woodson
Parsonsia corymbosa (Jacq.) R.Br. ex Steud. = Pinochia corymbosa (Jacq.) M.E.Endress & B.F.Hansen
Parsonsia diversifolia (Warb.) Markgr. = Lyonsia diversifolia Warb.
Parsonsia floribunda (Sw.) R.Br. ex Steud. = Pinochia floribunda (Sw.) M.E.Endress & B.F.Hansen
Parsonsia francii Guillaumin = Artia francii (Guillaumin) Pichon
Parsonsia galeottiana Baill. = Thenardia galeottiana Baill.
Parsonsia javanica Blume 1826 not (Blume) K. Schum 1895 = Urceola javanica (Blume) Boerl.
Parsonsia leptocarpa Hook. & Arn. = Forsteronia leptocarpa (Hook. & Arn.) A.DC.
Parsonsia lifuana Baill. = Artia lifuana (Baill.) Pichon ex Guillaumin
Parsonsia myrtifolia (Poir.) Roem. & Schult. = Landolphia myrtifolia (Poir.) Markgr.
Parsonsia ovata Wall. ex G.Don = Pottsia laxiflora (Blume) Kuntze
Parsonsia spicata (Jacq.) R.Br. ex Steud. = Forsteronia spicata (Jacq.) G.Mey.


A species from New Zealand, Parsonsia variablis (Variable-leaved Parsonsia), was introduced into cultivation in England in 1847 as a greenhouse plant and was noted to have a sweet scent, however the flowers were regarded as "not very showy".[18] This species is thought to be a form of Parsonsia heterophylla.[11]

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