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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Pottingeria
Species: P. acuminata
Binomial name
Pottingeria acuminata

Pottingeria is a genus consisting of a single species, Pottingeria acuminata, a small tree or large shrub native to mountainous areas of southeast Asia (Assam, Myanmar, and Thailand).[1]

It had long been thought, at least by some, to belong in the order Celastrales.[1] In a phylogenetic study of that order in 2006, Pottingeria was found to be a member of the order, but not of any of its families. It was in an unresolved pentatomy consisting of Parnassiaceae, Pottingeria, Mortonia, the pair (Quetzalia + Zinowiewia), and the other genera of Celastraceae.[2] When the APG III system was published in October 2009, the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group expanded Celastraceae to include all members of the pentatomy mentioned above.[3] Armen Takhtajan had placed Pottingeria in a monotypic family in 1987,[4] but he later treated it as a subfamily of Celastraceae.[5]


  1. ^ a b Herbert K. Airy-Shaw; David F. Cutler & Siwert Nilsson (1973), "Pottingeria, its taxonomic position, anatomy, and palynology", Kew Bulletin, 28 (1): 97–104, doi:10.2307/4117067 
  2. ^ Li-Bing Zhang & Mark P. Simmons (2006), "Phylogeny and delimitation of the Celastrales inferred from nuclear and plastid genes", Systematic Botany, 31 (1): 122–137, doi:10.1600/036364406775971778 
  3. ^ Peter F. Stevens (2001 onwards). Celastrales At: Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. At: Missouri Botanical Garden Website.
  4. ^ James L. Reveal. 2008 onward. "A Checklist of Family and Suprafamilial Names for Extant Vascular Plants." At: Home page of James L. Reveal and C. Rose Broome. (see External links below).
  5. ^ "Celastraceae" pages 411-412. In: Armen L. Takhtajan (Takhtadzhian). Flowering Plants second edition (2009). ISBN 978-1-4020-9608-2.

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