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Hieronyma macrocarpa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Tribe: Antidesmeae
Subtribe: Antidesminae
Genus: Hieronyma
Allemão 1848 not Walp. 1853
Type species
Hieronyma alchorneoides

Hieronyma is a genus belonging to the plant family Phyllanthaceae first described as a genus in 1848.[3][1] This family was formerly united with spurges, crotons, copperleaves, etc. (Euphorbiaceae), but have turned out to be well distinct. The genus is native to South America, Central America, southern Mexico, and the West Indies.[2]

The spelling Hieronyma has been conserved; the spellings Hieronima and Hyeronima are spelling variants of this name.

Hieronyma is used locally as a foodplant[verification needed], e.g. by the Nukak of Guaviare Department in the Amazon natural region of Colombia. Several species are threatened by deforestation.



  1. ^ a b Tropicos, Hieronyma Allemão
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Allemão e Cysneiro, Francisco Freire. 1848. Hieronima alchorneoides (Typographis do Archivo medico brasileiro) [1].