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.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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