The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Mellissia begonifolia (Roxb.) Hook.f.

St Helena boxwood, Boxwood



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Mellissia begoniifolia (Roxb.) Hook.f. [orth. error]; Physalis begonifolia Roxb. in Beatson


Conservation Status

Last record: 100+ years ago

Rediscovered in November 1998

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



St Helena


Biology & Ecology










Cairns-Wicks, R. Draft Recovery Action Plan for Mellissia begonifolia (Solanaceae).

Cairns-Wicks, R. (2003). Mellissia begonifolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 08 May 2015.

Fay, Michael F., Thomas, Vanessa E. and Knapp, Sandra. (2007). Mellissia begonifolia: Solanaceae. Curtis' Botanical Magazine 24(4): 243-250. [Abstract]

Melliss, J. C. (1875). St Helena: A physical, historical and topographical description of the Island including its geology, fauna, flora and meteorology. Reeve, London.


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