Thought to be Related to
A number of leaf and floral morphological features are aberrant in
Santalales such as the dentate leaf margin and the axil placentation.
The morphological cladistic analysis in the dissertation by
Malécot (2002) suggested it may be part
of Ericales. More recently, Ken Wurdack (Smithsonian Inst.) conducted
molecular analyses and, the genus does indeed seem to be part of
Olacaceae! Stay tuned for further developments.
- Brachynema axillare
Worchesterianthus Merrill in Philipp.
This species of the Philippines has been placed in Microdesmis
(Pandaceae). See Van Steenis (1955).
View type specimen at New York Botanical Garden herbarium HERE
- Worchesterianthus magallanensis (Elm.) Merrill.
SIUC / College of Science / Parasitic Plant
Connection / Olacaceae
Last updated: 20-Apr-10 / dln