Taxonomy of Flowering Plants - LECTURE NOTES
Hugh D. Wilson

The Caryophyllidae

Subclass Caryophyllidae is made up of only 3 orders, 14 families and about 11,000 species.  The large, diverse Order Caryophyllales includes about 90% of the species and also carries the relatively distinct set of features that mark the Subclass. These include:
 

Patterns of relationship, as defined by Cronquist, within the Subclass and its largest Order:

 Redrawn from A. Cronquist - Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants, 2nd ed.

Our survey of the group will include:

Caryophyllales
     Phytolaccaceae
     Cactaceae
    Chenopodiaceae (and Amaranthaceae)
     Caryophyllaceae
    Nyctaginaceae

Polygonales
    Polygonaceae


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