Metteniusaceae are a family of flowering plants, the only family in the order Metteniusales.[1] It consists of about 10 genera and 50 species[2] of trees, shrubs, and lianas, primarily of the tropics. The family was formerly restricted to just Metteniusa, but it is now expanded with a number of genera that were formerly placed in the widely polyphyletic Icacinaceae.

Metteniusa tessmanniana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Metteniusales
Family: Metteniusaceae
H.Karst. ex Schnizl.[1]

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As of June 2016, the Angiosperm Phylogeny Website accepts 11 genera:[3]

  • Apodytes - c. 6 species
  • Calatola - 7 species
  • Dendrobangia - 3 species
  • Emmotum - c. 10 species
  • Metteniusa - 7 species
  • Oecopetalum - 3 species
  • Ottoschulzia - 3 species
  • Pittosporopsis
  • Platea - 5 species
  • Poraqueiba - 3 species
  • Rhaphiostylis - c. 10 species


  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2016). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 181 (1): 1–20. doi:10.1111/boj.12385.
  2. Christenhusz, M. J. M.; Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1.
  3. Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards). "Metteniusaceae". Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
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