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File:Nothofagus moorei Cobark.jpg
Lophozonia moorei at Cobark Park, Barrington Tops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Nothofagaceae
Genus: Lophozonia

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Lophozonia is a genus (or subgenus) of seven species of evergreen trees native to the Southern Hemisphere that can grow up to 40 metres high. They belong to the family Nothofagaceae, which are commonly known as the Southern Beeches. Species are located in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.[2]

Prior to 2013, Lophozonia was universally considered to be a subgenus of Nothofagus under the name Nothofagus subgenus Lophozonia. Recognition of Lophozonia as a full genus results from the acceptance of a controversial proposal by Heenan & Smissen (2013), a proposal which is rejected by Hill, Jordan & Macphail (2015).[2][3]


The revised taxonomy for Lophozonia includes the following species:

Botanical Name Binomial Authority Common Name Location Found
L. alpina (Poepp. & Endl.) Heenan & Smissen Rauli Argentina, Chile
L. cunninghamii (Hook.f.) Heenan & Smissen Myrtle beech Australia
L. glauca (Phil.) Heenan & Smissen Hualo Chile
L. macrocarpa (A.DC.) Heenan & Smissen Roble de santiago Chile
L. menziesii (Hook.f.) Heenan & Smissen Silver beech New Zealand
L. moorei (F.Muell.) Heenan & Smissen Antarctic beech Australia
L. obliqua (Mirb.) Heenan & Smissen Roble beech Argentina, Chile

See Also

Other genus in the family Nothofagaceae


  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 HEENAN, PETER B.; SMISSEN, ROB D. (2013). "Revised circumscription of Nothofagus and recognition of the segregate genera Fuscospora, Lophozonia, and Trisyngyne (Nothofagaceae)". Phytotaxa. 146 (1): 131. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.146.1.1. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. Hill, R.S.; Jordan, G.J.; Macphail, M.K. 2015: Why we should retain Nothofagus sensu lato. Australian systematic botany, 28(3): 190-193. doi:10.1071/SB15026