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Rhodoleia championii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Rhodoleia
Champion ex Hook.

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Rhodoleia is a genus of plant in family Hamamelidaceae. Together with its sister genus Exbucklandia, Rhodoleia forms the sister clade to the other 25 genera of Hamamelidaceae. [1] Flowers of Rhodoleia are bird-pollinated. Nectar-foraging birds including Japanese white-eyes (Zosterops japonicus, Zosteropidae) and fork-tailed sunbirds (Aethopyga christinae, Nectariniidae), avidly visit the flowers, which they also pollinate in the process.[2]

Species include:


  1. ^ Li, J.-H., A. L. Bogle, and A. S. Klein. 1999. Phylogenetic relationships of the Hamamelidaceae inferred from sequences of internal transcribed spaces (ITS) of nuclear ribosome DNA. Am. J. Bot. 86: 1027–1037.
  2. ^ Gu, L., Z. Luo, D. Zhang, and S. S. Renner. 2010. Passerine pollination of Rhodoleia championii (Hamamelidaceae) in subtropical China. Biotropica 42(3): 336–341.

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