Genus: Melanthium L.

Usually considered a synonym of: Veratrum L.

Family: Melanthiaceae
Alternate family(ies): Liliaceae
Genus number: 7416
Last updated: 31-Jul-2018
Accession Count: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System
  • • a rejected (nom. rej.), heterotypic synonym (Shenzhen ICN Art. 14.4 & App. III) of Veratrum L., nom. cons.
  • • Thunberg (Diss. Melanthio 1797) was the first to merge Veratrum and Melanthium, adopting Melanthium, so this name has priority if the two are synonymized without conservation of Veratrum

List of Species Records in GRIN


  1. Barrie, F. R. 2011. Report of the General Committee: 11. Taxon 60:1213. Note: proposal recommended
  2. Brummitt, R. K. 2011. Report of the Nomenclature Committee for Vascular Plants: 63. Taxon 60:1206. Note: proposal recommended
  3. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America. Note: accepts
  4. Kubitzki, K., ed. 1990-. The families and genera of vascular plants. Note: accepts
  5. Zomlefer, W. B. et al. 2003. An overview of Veratrum s.l. (Liliales: Melanthiaceae) and an infrageneric phylogeny based on ITS sequence data. Syst. Bot. 28:250-269. Note: = Veratrum L.
  6. Zomlefer, W. B. et al. 2010. (1928) Proposal to conserve the name Veratrum against Melanthium (Melanthiaceae). Taxon 59:644-645.
  7. Zomlefer, W. B. 1997. The genera of Melanthiaceae in the southeastern United States. Harvard Pap. Bot. 2:133-177. Note: = Veratrum L.

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Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 10 July 2020.