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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Myrtaceae
Subfamilia: Myrtoideae
Tribus: Tristanieae
Genus: Xanthomyrtus
Species: X. angustifolia – X. arfakensis – X. bryophila – X. cardiophylla – X. compacta – X. diplycosiifolia – X. flavida – X. grandiflora – X. hienghenensis – X. humilis – X. kanalaensis – X. koebrensis – X. lanceolata – X. leeuwenii – X. montis-sucklingii – X. montivaga – X. oreophila – X. ovata – X. papuana – X. polyclada – X. schlechteri – X. scolopacina – X. splendens – X. wendae
Source(s) of checklist:

Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Xanthomyrtus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Sep 7. Reference page.


Xanthomyrtus Diels Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 57: 362 (1922)

Type species: non design.


Diels, F.L. 1922. Die Myrtaceen von Papuasien. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 57(3): 356-429. BHL Reference page.

Xanthomyrtus is a group of shrubs and trees in the botanical family Myrtaceae described as a genus in 1922.[1][2] It is found in Borneo, Moluccas, Sulawesi, Philippines, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and New Caledonia.[3][4]

They are mostly montane shrubs or trees, sometimes epiphytic. Flowers are yellow, usually 5-merous, in 3-flowered, axillary and terminal peduncles.[5] The fruit is a reddish, dark blue or black berry.[6]


Xanthomyrtus angustifolia - Sulawesi, New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus arfakensis - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus bryophila - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus cardiophylla - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus compacta - New Guinea, Maluku
Xanthomyrtus diplycosiifolia - Philippines, Maluku
Xanthomyrtus flavida - Sulawesi, Borneo
Xanthomyrtus grandiflora - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus humilis - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus kanalaensis - New Caledonia
Xanthomyrtus koebrensis - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus lanceolata - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus leeuwenii - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus montis-sucklingii - Papua New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus montivaga - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus oreophila - W New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus ovata - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus papuana - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus polyclada - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus schlechteri - New Guinea, Bismarck
Xanthomyrtus scolopacina - New Guinea
Xanthomyrtus splendens - Papua New Guinea


Diels, Friedrich Ludwig Emil. 1922. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 57: 362-367 descriptions in Latin, comments and geographic information in German
Tropicos, Xanthomyrtus Diels
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Scott, A.J. (1979). "A Revision of Xanthomyrtus (Myrtaceae)". Kew Bulletin. 33 (3): 461–484.
Beaman, J.H. & Anderson, C. (2004). The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 5: 1-609. Natural history publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

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