Elaeocarpus is a genus of tropical and subtropical evergreen trees and shrubs. The
approximately 350 species are distributed from Madagascar in the west through
India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, southern China, and Japan, through Australia to
New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii in the east. The islands of Borneo and New Guinea
have the greatest concentration of species. These trees are well-known for their
attractive, pearl-like fruit which are often colorful.
Many species are threatened, in particular by habitat loss.