The genus name was given in honor of M. Quesnel, who was a consul in French Guiana.
Quesnelia symbolizes endurance and hardiness.
At present, there are roughly 350,000 known species of plants in the world and around 50,000 of all of these plants are endemic to Brazil.
Quesnelia is a genus of about 20 species endemic to eastern Brazil, mainly distributed from the south portion of the state of Bahia to the northern portion of the state of Santa Catarina.
These species can be found growing in masses near the sea shore or further inland in swampy forests or in mountains bordering the coastline.
They are incredibly hardy, which suits the climate within Brazil.