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Heteropterys chrysophylla Malpighiaceae.jpg
Heteropterys chrysophylla Kunth
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Heteropterys
H. B. K.

Over 140 species

Heteropterys is a genus in the Malpighiaceae, a family of about 75 genera of flowering plants in the order Malpighiales. Heteropterys comprises over 140 species of woody vines, shrubs, and small trees found in the New World tropics and subtropics from northern Mexico and the West Indies to northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil. One widespread, mostly Caribbean species, H. leona, is also found in low wet places along the coast of West Africa from Senegal to Angola.[1]


  1. ^ Anderson, C. 2001. The identities of two water-dispersed species of Heteropterys (Malpighiaceae): H. leona and H. platyptera. Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium 23: 35–47.

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