Tasmannia is a genus of woody, evergreen flowering plants of the family Winteraceae

The genus Tasmannia consists of some species that were formerly in the genus Drimys, a related group of Winteraceae that are native to the Neotropics.  This biogeographic realm includes the tropical regions of the Americas and the entire South American temperate zone.  Contemporary studies led to the spliting of the Drimys genus into two, with the Neotropical species remaining in genus Drimys (e.g., Drimys winteri), and those species in the Australasian realm (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the neighboring islands of the Pacific Ocean) classified in the genus Tasmannia.

Tasmannia:  in honor of the17th century Dutch navigator and explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603-1659). He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands.