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• Medicinal / Folk-medicinal aspects: •
• Adverse effects: The presence of stinging hairs on the indumentum of a Quintinia A. DC. species has been documented. •
• Veterinary aspects: •

The family comprises about 31 species of small trees and shrubs in 3 genera found in Central Malesia, tropical Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia (Mabberley 2008). Now placed in the Paracryphiaceae by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009), members of this family have previously been classified variously in the Escalloniaceae, Grossulariaceae, Quintiniaceae, Saxifragaceae, and Sphenostemonaceae. The three genera now included in this family are Paracryphia Bak. f. (monotypic), Quintinia A. DC. (20 spp.), and Sphenostemon Baill. (10 spp.) (Mabberley 2008).

Quintinia acutifolia Kirk and Quintinia serrata A. Cunn. are occasionally grown as tender ornamentals (Hunt 1968/70).

Quintinia ledermannii Schltr.

According to Conn & Damas (2005a), in their online Guide to Trees of Papua New Guinea, this species bears stinging hairs. The dermatologic significance of this observation remains to be determined.


  • Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009) An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161(2): 105-121 [doi] [url] [url-2]
  • Conn BJ, Damas KQ (2005a) PNGTreesKey — Quintinia ledermannii Schltr. [online article]: http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/TreeDescriptions/Quintinia_ledermannii_Schltr.html; accessed June 2011 [url]
  • Hunt P (Ed.) (1968/70) The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Gardening. London: Marshall Cavendish [WorldCat]
  • Mabberley DJ (2008) Mabberley's Plant-Book. A portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses, 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [WorldCat]

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