Genus: Persea Mill.

Family: Lauraceae
Genus number: 9138
Last updated: 31-Jul-2018
Accession Count: 26 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System
Comments: conserved (nom. cons.) under Shenzhen ICN Art. 14 (see App. III)

List of Species Records in GRIN


  1. Campos Rojas, E. et al. 2007. Persea (avocados) phylogenetic analysis based on morphological characters: hypothesis of species relationships. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 54:249-258. Note: advocates separation of subg. Persea and Eriodaphne into independent genera
  2. Li, L. et al. 2011. Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Persea group (Lauraceae) and its biogeographic implications on the evolution of tropical and subtropical Amphi-Pacific disjunctions. Amer. J. Bot. 98:1520-1536. Note: this study recovered a polyphyletic genus as presently circumscribed; it suggested that monophyly can be supported after the segregation of some Neotropical species; both subgenera were resolved as monophyletic
  3. Rohwer, J. G. et al. 2009. Is Persea (Lauraceae) monophyletic? Evidence from nuclear ribosomal ITS sequences. Taxon 58:1153-1167. Note: appears not to be monophyletic, as species of sect. Eriodaphne may need to be segregated as the genus Mutisiopersica Kosterm.
  4. van der Werff, H. 2002. A synopsis of Persea (Lauraceae) in Central America. Novon 12:575-586.

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Synonyms (=), probable synonyms (=~), and possible synonyms (~):

Subdivisions of Persea Mill.:



  • Embryo drawing: U.S. National Seed Herbarium drawing
  • Embryo drawing: U.S. National Seed Herbarium drawing
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Check Index Nominum Genericorum for Persea
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 11 July 2020.