Commelinales

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Commelinales
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Anigozanthos flavidus


Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Commelinales
Families

Commelinaceae
Haemodoraceae
Hanguanaceae
Philydraceae
Pontederiaceae

The Commelinales are an order of monocots, including the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. Unfortunately the composition of the remainder of the group has been highly variable.

Under Cronquist, the following additional families were recognized:

However, many more modern authors consider these families to have closer affinities to other groups, moving the Xyridaceae to the Eriocaulales and the others to the Bromeliales.

In their place, a series of forms formerly classified in the Liliales have been realized to have closer affinities to the Commelinidae, and so are either grouped in the Commelinales or in a separate, possibly paraphyletic, order Philydrales.

The families, according the update of the APG II (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group), included in the Commelinales are then as follows:

This variability in membership makes characterization of the Commelinales, beyond being the Commelinaceae and its close relatives, very difficult.da:Tradescant-ordenen (Commelinales) fr:Commelinales nl:Commelinales

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