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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Tribe: Poranthereae
Genus: Actephila
Type species
Actephila javanica
  • Lithoxylon Endl.
  • Anomospermum Dalzell 1851, illegitimate homonym, not Miers 1851 (Menispermaceae)

Actephila is a genus of the family Phyllanthaceae, first described as a genus in 1826. It is one of 8 genera in the tribe Poranthereae, and is most closely related to Leptopus. The name of the genus is derived from two Greek words, akte, "the seashore", and philos, "loving". It refers to a coastal habitat.[4]

Actephila consists of monoecious trees, shrubs, and subshrubs. The genus is not well understood and is in much need of revision.[1] It is native to Southeast Asia, China, the Himalayas, Papuasia and northern Australia.[3][5]

formerly included[3]

moved to other genera: Cleidion Excoecaria Pentabrachion Phyllanthus

  1. A. africana - Pentabrachion reticulatum
  2. A. flaviflora - Phyllanthus flaviflorus
  3. A. megistophylla - Cleidion megistophyllum
  4. A. rectinervis - Excoecaria rectinervis
  5. A. reticulata - Pentabrachion reticulatum


  1. ^ a b Maria S. Vorontsova and Petra Hoffmann. 2008. "A phylogenetic classification of tribe Poranthereae (Phyllanthaceae)." Kew Bulletin 63(1):41-59.
  2. ^ Actephila In: Index Nominum Genericorum. In: Regnum Vegetabile (see External links below).
  3. ^ a b c d Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Umberto Quattrocchi. 2000. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names volume I. CRC Press: Boca Raton; New York; Washington,DC;, USA. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2 (vol. I). (see External links below).
  5. ^ Flora of China Vol. 11 Page 168 喜光花属 xi guang hua shu Actephila Blume, Bijdr. 581. 1826.

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