Myristicaceae R.Br.

First published in Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 399. 1810 [27 Mar 1810] (1810)nom. cons.
This family is accepted


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  • APG IV (2016)

The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook

  • Jaramillo, T. S., Muriel, P. & Balslev, H. (2004). Myristicaceae. Flora of Ecuador 72. University of Gothenborg, Gothenborg.
  • Kühn, K. & Kubitzki, K. (1993). Myristicaceae. In: K. Kubitzki, J. G. Rohwer & V. Bittrich (eds), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants 2: 457–467. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Sauquet, H. (2004). Systematic revision of Myristicaceae (Magnoliales) in Madagascar, with four new species of Mauloutchia. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 146 (3): 351–368.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1997). Myristicaceae. In: R. M. Polhill (ed.), Flora of Tropical East Africa. A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.
  • de Wilde, W. J. J. O. (2000). Myristicaceae. Flora Malesiana, Ser. I, 14. National Herbarium of the Netherlands, Leiden.


  • Belota Filho, W.L. (1994). As espécies de Iryanthera Warburg ( Myristicaceae) da Reserva Florestal Ducke. Dissertação de Mestrado. INPA/FUA, Manaus. 94 pp.
  • Cronquist, A. (1988). An integrated system of the classification of flowering plants. Colombia University Press, New York.
  • Gentry, A.H. (1996). A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) with Supplementary Notes on Herbaceous Taxa. Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press. pp. 638-642.
  • Heywood, V.H., Brummit, R.K., Culham, A. & Seberg, O. (2007). Flowering Plant Families of the World. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 223-224.
  • Janovec, J. P. (2002). Compsoneura camilodiazii J. Janovec, an interesting new species from the Rio Cenepa area, Peru. Novon 12(3): 366-369.
  • Janovec, J.P. & Harrison, J.S. (2002). A morphological analysis of the Compsoneura sprucei complex (Myristicaceae), with a new combination for the Central American species Compsoneura mexicana. Syst. Bot. 27(4): 662-673.
  • Janovec, J.P. & Neil, A.K. (2002) [(2003)]. Studies of the Myristicaceae: an overview of the Compsoneura atopa complex, with descriptions of new species from Colombia. Brittonia 54(4): 251-261.
  • Kühn, U. & Kubitzki, K. (1993). Myristicaceae. In: K. Kubiztki, J.G. Rohwer & V. Bittrich (eds). The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, Vol. II. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York. pp. 457-467.
  • Pennington, T.D., Reynel, C. & Daza, A. (2004). Illustrated guide to the trees of Peru. Sherborne, David Hunt. pp. 180-184.
  • Ribeiro, J.E.L.S., Hopkins, M.J.G., Vicentini, A., Sothers, C.A., Costa, M.A.S., Brito, J.M., Souza, M.A.D., Martins, L.H.P., Lohmann, L.G., Assunção, P.A.C.L., Pereira, E.C., Silva, C.F., Mesquita, M.R. & Procópio, L.C. (1999). Flora da Reserva Ducke: Guia de identificação das plantas vasculares de uma floresta de terra firme na Amazônia Central. INPA, Manaus. 816 pp.
  • Rodrigues, W.A. (1980). Revisão taxonômica das espécies de Virola Aublet (Myristicaceae) do Brasil. Acta Amaz. 10(1 supl.): 1-127.
  • Rodrigues, W.A. (1981). Nova Iryanthera Warb. (Myristicaceae) da Amazônia. Acta Amaz. 11(4): 852-854.
  • Rodrigues, W.A. (1989). Two new Neotropical species of Compsoneura (Myristicaceae). Brittonia 41(2):160-163.
  • Rodrigues, W.A. (1998). Reabilitação nomenclatural e taxonômica de Virolabicuhyba (Schott) Warb. Acta Bot. Brasil. 12(3): 249-252.
  • Rodrigues, W.A. (2003). Notas taxonômicas sobre Myristicaceae neotropicais. Acta Biol. Par. Curitiba 31: 71-77.
  • Rodrigues, W.A., Jaramillo, T.S., Muriel, P. & Balslev, H. (2001). Myristicaceae novelties from Ecuador. Nordic J. Bot. 20(4): 443-447.
  • Smith, A.C. & Woodhouse, R.P. (1937). The American species of Myristicaceae. Brittonia 2: 393-510.
  • Stevens, P.F. (2008). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, version 9.
  • Wilson, T.K. (2004). Myristicaceae. In: N. Smith, S.A. Mori, A. Henderson, D.W. Stevenson & S.V. Heald (eds). Flowering Plants of the Neotropics, pp. 261-262. New York Botanical Garden & Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Trees of New Guinea

  • Timothy M.A. Utteridge (2022). Trees of New Guinea. Timothy M. A. Utteridge and Laura V. S. Jennings (Eds) Kew Publishing. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • de Wilde, W.J.J.O. (2000). Myristicaceae. Fl. Males., Ser. I, Spermat. 14: 1–622.
  • de Wilde, W.J.J.O. (2007). Myristicaceae of Papua. In: A.J. Marshall & B.M. Beehler (eds.), The Ecology of Papua, part one: 408–415. Periplus Editions, Singapore.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Feb 17, 2005 Postar et al. [SAN 151147] Malaysia K000228305 Yes
Feb 17, 2005 Kalat, Ariffin [BRUN 17687] Brunei K000228300 Yes
Aug 5, 2004 Fidilis Krispinus [SAN 113963] Malaysia K000270735 Yes
Jan 1, 2003 Capuron, R. [23961] Madagascar K000575059 Isotype Yes
Jul 1, 1956 Capuron, R. [11789] Madagascar K000350480 Type Yes
Jul 1, 1956 Capuron, R. [8952] Madagascar K000512535 Isotype Yes
Jul 1, 1956 Capuron, R. [SF 8952] Madagascar K000350479 Isotype Yes
Jul 1, 1956 Capuron, R. [9122] Madagascar K000350478 Type Yes
Humbolt, M. [469] Madagascar K000350477 Unknown Type Material Yes
Utteridge, T.M.A. [327] K:SPC-70634.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 9009] K001132098 Unknown Type Material Yes
Porter, G. [Cat. no. 9025] Malaysia K001132117 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292271 Yes
Briggs, M; Simbiak, V.; Paiki, T. [632] Indonesia K:SPC-77308.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292272 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292269 Yes
Walker, J.S.; Cahill, A.J. [DB276] Indonesia K:SPC-73929.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292273 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292274 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Malaysia K001292270 Yes
Gomez, W. [Cat. no. 9017] K001132107 Unknown Type Material Yes
Briggs, M.; Simbiak, V.; Paiki, T. [632] Indonesia K:SPC-67029.000 No
Humbolt [469] Madagascar K000350476 Isotype Yes


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