Polyalthia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Annonaceae. There are approximately 90 species distributed from Africa to Asia and the Pacific.[1]

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Polyalthia suberosa
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P. suberosa flower (NB: previously placed in genus Phaeanthus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Polyalthia
  • Haplostichanthus F.Muell.
  • Monostichanthus F.Muell.
  • Papualthia Diels
  • Sphaerothalamus Hook.f.
  • Tabraca Noronha

These are trees and shrubs. The flower has six petals in two whorls, the inner petals curving inward over the centre.[1]


This large genus was known to be polyphyletic, with many species having being separated and reassigned to other genera.[2][3] Species have also been transferred into this genus (e.g. P. malabarica from Phaeanthus).

Plants of the World Online[4] currently includes the following as accepted:

Reassigned to other generaEdit

According to Plants of the World Online, species have been placed in the following genera:


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