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Anisophyllea cinnamomoides Govindoo.jpg
Anisophyllea cinnamomoides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Anisophylleaceae
Genus: Anisophyllea
R.Br. ex Sabine[1]

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Anisophyllea is a genus of plant in the family Anisophylleaceae. The generic name is from the Greek meaning "unequal leaf", referring to the dimorphism of the leaves.[2]


Anisophyllea species grow as shrubs or trees. The bark is smooth to flaky. The flowers are unisexual. The fruits are drupes (pitted) and are ellipsoid or pear-shaped.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Anisophyllea species are distributed widely throughout the tropics, including Africa, India, Sri Lanka, mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra and Borneo. Their habitat is lowland and hill forests from sea-level to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) altitude.[2]


As of June 2014 The Plant List recognises about 36 accepted species:[3]


  1. ^ "Genus: Anisophyllea R. Br. ex Sabine". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 17 September 1996. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Wong, K. M.; Madani, L. (1995). "Anisophyllea R. Br. ex Sabine". In Soepadmo, E.; Wong, K. M. (eds.). Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. (free online from the publisher, lesser resolution scan PDF versions). 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia. pp. 16–23, 25. ISBN 983-9592-34-3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Anisophyllea". The Plant List. Retrieved 4 June 2014.