Olacaceae Juss. ex R.Br.

First published in Narr. Exped. Zaire 452. 1818 [3 Mar 1818] ("Olacineae") (1818)nom. cons.
This family is accepted


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • APG IV (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boj.12385

The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook

  • Family limits in the order Santalales have recently been redefined. Traditionally, Olacaceae was treated as a pantropical family with about 25 genera and approximately 250 species, but more strictly as having 3 genera (Olax, Dulacia and Ptychopetalum).
  • Louis, J. & Leonard, J. (1948). Olacaceae. In: Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi. Spermatophytes 1: 249–278. Institut National pour l’Etude Agronomique du Congo, Yangambi.
  • Nickrent, D. L., Malecot, V., Vidal-Russell, R. & Der, J. P. (2010). A revised classification of the Santalales. Taxon 59: 538–558.
  • Sleumer, H. O. (1980b). A taxonomic account of the Olacaceae of Asia, Malesia, and the adjacent areas. Blumea 26: 145–168.
  • Sleumer, H. O. (1984). Olacaceae. Flora Neotropica, Monograph 38. New York Botanical Garden, New York.
  • Villiers, J.-F. (1973a). Olacaceae. In: Flore du Cameroun 15: 101–162. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Trees of New Guinea

  • Laura V.S. Jennings (2022). Trees of New Guinea. Timothy M. A. Utteridge and Laura V. S. Jennings (Eds) Kew Publishing. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Malécot, V. & Nickrent, D.L. (2008). Molecular phylogenetic relationships of Olacaceae and related Santalales. Syst. Bot. 33: 97–106.
  • Nickrent, D.L., Malécot, V., Vidal-Russell, R. & Der, J.P. (2010). A revised classification of Santalales. Taxon 59: 538–558.
  • Parasitic Plant Connection http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/Olacaceae/index.html [accessed 21/10/13]
  • Utteridge, T.M.A. (2015). Olacaceae sensu lato. In: T.M.A. Utteridge & G.L.C. Bramley (eds), The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook, 2nd edition, pp. 152–153. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Apr 4, 2017 Mori, S.A.; Silva, L.A.M.; Santos, T.S., dos [10595] Brazil K001078152 Lectotype Yes
Nov 4, 2015 Lee, B. [S. 52303] Malaysia K000618513 No
Jun 1, 2010 Dyg. Awa; Ilias Paie [S 47421] Malaysia K000605838 No
Briggs, M; Simbiak, V.; Paiki, T. [629] Indonesia K:SPC-67083.000 No
Wheatley, J.I. [523] Vanuatu K:SPC-55025.000 No
Cheek, M. [7050 b] Cameroon K000085257 No
Harley, R.M. [22638] Brazil K:SPC-72777.000 No
Solomon Islands K:SPC-65438.000 No
Letouzey, R. [14567] Cameroon K000073420 No
Wheatley, J.I. [789] Cameroon K000381515 No


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