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Melanophylla crenata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Torricelliaceae
Genus: Melanophylla

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Melanophylla is a genus of flowering plants endemic to Madagascar. The genus contains seven species of small trees and shrubs.

Under the APG II system this genus was placed alone in family Melanophyllaceae, but with the rider that "[s]ome of the families are monogeneric and could possibly be merged when well-supported sister-group relationships have been established."[1] In 2004, such a relationship was established between Melanophylla, Aralidium and Torricellia, resulting in the transfer of the first two of these genera into Torricelliaceae.[2][3]



  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2003). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG II". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 141 (4): 399–436. doi:10.1046/j.1095-8339.2003.t01-1-00158.x.
  2. ^ Plunkett, G. M.; et al. (2004). "Recent advances in understanding Apiales and a revised classification". South African Journal of Botany. 70 (3): 371–381. doi:10.1016/S0254-6299(15)30220-9.
  3. ^ "Apiales". Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Retrieved 2009-02-05.

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