Taxonomy of Flowering Plants - LECTURE NOTES
Hugh D. Wilson


The Arecidae is, perhaps, the most diverse subclass of flowering plants in terms of both structural and ecological adapitations. This group of 4 orders, 6 families and about 5,600 species includes the smallest flowering plants (Lemnaceae - Arales), the largest monocots (Arecaceae - Arecales) and the largest flowering plant seeds (Lodoicea maldivica - Arecaceae) and leaves (Raphia regalis - Arecaceae).  More than half of the species of this subclass belong to the monotypic order Arecales.  See overviews of the Cyclanthales and Pandanales.

     Arecaceae (Palmae)

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