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Mesua ferrea.jpg
Mesua ferrea foliage
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Calophyllaceae
Genus: Mesua

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A Mesua ferrea at the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Thailand

Mesua is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Calophyllaceae,[1] native to tropical southern Asia. Common names include ironwood (shared with many other plants) and rose chestnut.

They are evergreen shrubs or small trees growing to 13 m tall, with leaves arranged in opposite pairs.

Vidalia Fern.-Vill. is a synonym of Mesua.

Species include:


  1. ^ Stephens, P.F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 9, June 2008.