Denhamia is a genus of plants within the family Celastraceae, with species in Australia and New Caledonia. The species inhabit a variety of environments, from rainforest to semi-arid savanna. All species grow as shrubs or small trees up to 10 metres in height. The genus is composed of nine species, with two currently unnamed species:

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Denhamia oleaster
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Denhamia

Some authors regard Denhamia as a paraphyletic genus which should properly include the Australasian Maytenus species.


McKenna, M.J., M.P. Simmons, C.D. Bacon and J.A. Lombardi. 2011. “Delimitation of the segregate genera of Maytenus sensu lato (Celastraceae) based on morphological and molecular characters.” Systematic Botany 36: 922–932.