Systellantha B.C.Stone

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Borneo.


Drinkell, C. & Utteridge, T.M.A. 2015. A revision of the genus Systellantha B. C. Stone. Studies in Malaysian Myrsinaceae IV. Kew Bulletin 70: 50. DOI

Endemic to Borneo, and currently known from Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan; no collections currently known from Brunei.
Morphology Branches
Branches with internodes ridged on each side
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or tree to 3 m
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, margins entire or denticulate, lamina ab- and adaxially sparsely covered with sessile glands; lamina recurving on drying
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Staminate flowers tetramerous, tubular corolla fused at the base, lobes ovate, apex attenuate or acute, dextrose imbricate in bud; stamens antipetalous, attached to the corolla tube, anthers basifixed dehiscing longitudinally, lanceolate, connective apiculate to caudate, pistillode lacking Pistillate flowers as staminate but: staminodes lacking, ovary subglobose to ovoid, style erect, stigma truncate, ovules few, 1 – 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits globose to sub-globose, apex very short acuminate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, racemose but condensed and brachyblast-like, densely bracteate, pistillate flowers proximal and staminate flowers at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds single, globose, apex very short acuminate.
Type: Systellantha fruticosa (B. C. Stone) B. C. Stone.

Native to:


Systellantha B.C.Stone appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Malayan Nat. J. 46: 14 (1992)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


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