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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Alzateaceae
Genus: Alzatea
Ruiz & Pav.
Species: A. verticillata
Binomial name
Alzatea verticillata
Ruiz & Pav.

Alzatea verticillata is a small flowering tree, native to the Neotropics. It inhabits moist submontane forests from Costa Rica and Panama in Central America south to Peru and Bolivia in tropical South America. It is the sole species of genus Alzatea and family Alzateaceae.

The closest relatives of Alzatea are the families Penaeaceae, Oliniaceae, Rhynchocalycaceae of southern Africa.


  • Schönenberger, Jürg and Conti, Elena. Molecular phylogeny and floral evolution of Penaeaceae, Oliniaceae, Rhynchocalycaceae, and Alzateaceae (Myrtales). American Journal of Botany. 2003;90:293-309.