ThymelaeaceaeMezereum Family

  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, spiraled.
  - Without stipules.
  - Twig bark extremely stringy.
  - Green odor in trunk bark.
  - Small, pale green flowers with 4 lobes and 8 orange stamens.
  - Fruit a white, 1-seeded berry.

Diagnosis: One tree species with simple, alternate, entire, spiraled leaves, without stipules, bark stringy, legume odor in trunk.

Local distribution: From about 900 m on the Pacific slope into cloud forest up to 1600 m.

Similar families
Solanaceae: lateral veins distinct, bark not stringy, rank odor, often with leaves paired at a node.
Theaceae: bark not strong, lacks legume odor.

Diversity: Total: 1 genus, 1 species. Trees: 1 genus, 1 species.

Comments: Strips of bark have been used tradicionally for tying bundles.

Credits: Images and text copyright 2000-2007, William A. Haber,