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ASPARA

Family SN: Asparagaceae
Family CN: Asparagus Family
Summary: A family of a single genus and 170-300 species, widespread in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia (introduced elsewhere). APG III (2009) recommends a much larger Asparagaceae, including other families recognized here (Asparagaceae, Ruscaceae, Agavaceae, Themidaceae, Hyacinthaceae). Stevens (2012) comments about the broader circumscription of Asparagaceae: �this is a highly unsatisfactory family � nothing characterises it, some of the subfamilies are difficult to recognise while others are highly apomorphic�. We choose to follow Seberg et al. (2012) in recognizing smaller monophyletic families that are more homogeneous and easier to characterize.
Reference: Dahlgren, Clifford, & Yeo (1985); Kubitzki & Rudall in Kubitzki (1998a).
Last Updated: 2016-02-18
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