Psiloxylon

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Psiloxylon
Bois Bigaignon - Psiloxylon mauritianum - Ferney Mauritius 2.jpg
Psiloxylon mauritianum tree growing in Vallée de Ferney reserve, Mauritius.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Psiloxyloideae
Tribe: Psiloxyleae
Genus: Psiloxylon
Thouars ex Tul.
Species:
P. mauritianum
Binomial name
Psiloxylon mauritianum
(Bouton ex Hook.f.) Baill.
Synonyms

Fropiera mauritiana Bouton ex Hook. f.

Psiloxylon mauritianum (known locally as "bois bigaignon") is a species of flowering plant, the sole species of genus Psiloxylon. It is endemic to the Mascarene Islands (Mauritius and Réunion) in the Indian Ocean.

It is a white-barked evergreen tree, bearing essential oils.

It was formerly placed alone in family Psiloxylaceae, but is now considered a basal member of the family Myrtaceae.

References[edit]

  • P. G. Wilson; M. M. O'Brien; M. M. Heslewood; C. J. Quinn (2004). "Relationships within Myrtaceae sensu lato based on a matK phylogeny". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 251: 3–19. doi:10.1007/s00606-004-0162-y.