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Genus of the Week

Week of September 27 - October 5

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This week's genus:


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Dilleniidae
Order: Primulales
Family: Myrsinaceae
Subfamily: Myrsinoideae
Tribe: Ardisieae
Number of Species: at least 16

The genus Ardisia, like other genera in the Myrsinaceae, is characterized by leathery leaves and the resin ducts present on those leaves. Several species are grown as ornamentals, and the genus is also known to have several herbal uses.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Ardisia species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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