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Homolanthus populifolius - bleeding-heart tree.jpg
Bleeding-heart tree (Homalanthus populifolius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
Tribe: Hippomaneae
Subtribe: Carumbiinae
Genus: Homalanthus
A.Juss. 1824, conserved name, not Less. 1832 nor Wittst. 1852 (the latter both in Asteraceae)[1]

Homalanthus is a plant genus of the family Euphorbiaceae first described as a genus in 1824.[3] It is the only genus in subtribe Carumbiinae. The genus is native to tropical Asia, Australia, and various islands in the Pacific.[2][4]

When published, the generic name was spelt as "Omalanthus".[3] Since the name comes from the ancient Greek word homalos meaning "smooth" and anthos meaning "flower", this original spelling was inconsistent with the general Greek transliteration rules, and many later authors changed it to Homalanthus. According to ICBN, Homalanthus, which can be found in its Appendix III, has now been conserved against the original Omalanthus.[5]



  1. ^ Tropicos, search for name Homalanthus
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ a b Jussieu, Adrien Henri Laurent de. 1824. De Euphorbiacearum Generibus Medicisque earumdem viribus tentamen, tabulis aeneis 18 illustratum 50
  4. ^ Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  5. ^ International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Vienna Code). International Association for Plant Taxonomy. 2006. ISBN 3-906166-48-1.