Ardisia Sw.

Latin ardis, a point, referring to the pointed anthers.

Small trees and shrubs, some climbers. Leaves with clear or coloured dots or lines. Flowers in clusters, 5-parted. Stamens free with short filaments. Fruit a 1-seeded drupe.

A. crenata Sims is grown mostly as an indoor pot plant which has hairless young branches and leaves that are wavy and crisped with 12-18 vein pairs [A. crenulata Lodd.]. A. crispa (Thunb.) A. DC. from Indonesia and the Philippines to E Asia and India, has hairy young twigs and leathery leaves with 8 vein pairs and shallowly scalloped margins.


Leathery gland-dotted leaves with scalloped edges; red, round fruits.

About 500 species, tropical and warm temperate trees and shrubs (Australia has 6 species).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Myrsinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Primulaceae