A recent phylogenetic study based on DNA sequence data detected a well-supported clade of a number of Mallotus species together with the genus Cordemoya. This clade is distinct from the large Mallotus s.s. clade. In this paper, Cordemoya (formerly monotypic with C. integrifolia from the Mascarene Islands) is expanded with sixteen additional species previously assigned to Mallotus. Taxa transferred to Cordemoya are: Mallotus sections Hancea and Oliganthae from Asia and M. baillonianus, M. capuronii, and M. spinulosus from Madagascar. The genus Cordemoya can be distinguished from Mallotus s.s. by the presence of pollen with areolate ornamentation with scabrae (perforate/microreticulate ornamentation with scabrae in the sample of Mallotus s.s. studied up to now) and of capitate glandular hairs with multicellular stalks and sessile peltate-stellate hairs with a central cell (spherical to disc-shaped multicellular glandular hairs in Mallotus). In the new circumscription of Cordemoya two subgenera are recognized: Cordemoya from Madagascar and Mascarenes and Diplochlamys from Asia. The latter is divided into two sections: Diplochlamys (former sect. Hancea), and Oliganthae. A taxonomic revision of part of these taxa is provided (excl. section Diplochlamys); descriptions, distribution maps, habit drawings and a key are included.

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Sierra, S., Aparicio, M., Kulju, K. K. M., Fišer, Ž., van Welzen, P. C., & van der Ham, R. (2006). Re-shaping Mallotus [Part 1]: Expanded circumscription and revision of the genus Cordemoya (Euphorbiaceae). Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 51(3), 519–540.