Monimiaceae is a family of flowering plants, which includes 150-220 species of shrubs and small trees in 18-25 genera. They are native to the southern hemisphere tropics and subtropics. The largest genus is Tambourissa, with 50 species in Madagascar, the Mascarene Islands, and the Comoros. The type genus, Monimia, is endemic to the Macarenes.

The earliest fossil occurrence of the family is from the late Cretaceous of Antarctica.

Family Monimiaceae


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