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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Rhodostemonodaphne
Rohwer & Kubitzki

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Rhodostemonodaphne is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lauraceae. It is a neotropical genus consisting of approximately 41 species occurring in Central America and northern South America.[1] This genus has many species that are valued for timber. The classification of the genus is unclear since the species in the genus fall into a well-supported but unresolved clade that also includes species with unisexual flowers currently placed in the genera Endlicheria and part of Ocotea.[2]


Rhodostemonodaphne are shrubs and trees up to 30 m tall, mostly hardwood evergreen trees. They are dioecious (male and female flowers are on separate trees). The stamens have four locelli situated in a shallow arch towards the apex of the anthers. The leaves are alternately arranged, elliptic with recurved margins, and thin (chartaceous).[3] The inflorescence of small flowers is a panicle with racemose terminations.


Species include:[4]


  1. ^ Madriñán, S. (1996). "New species of Rhodostemonodaphne (Lauraceae) from northeastern South America". Brittonia. 48 (1): 45–66. doi:10.2307/2807664. 
  2. ^ Nishida, S.; van der Werff, H. (2011). "An Evaluation of Classification By Cuticular Characters of the Lauraceae: A Comparison To Molecular Phylogeny". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 98 (3): 348–357. doi:10.3417/2010054. 
  3. ^ Chanderbali, A. (1996). "Novelties in Guianian Endlicheria (Lauraceae)". Novon. 6 (4): 328–334. JSTOR 3392037. doi:10.2307/3392037. 
  4. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved June 17, 2015.