Cyrillaceae

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Cyrillaceae
CyrillaRacemosa.jpg
Cyrilla racemiflora in Myrtle Beach, SC
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Cyrillaceae
Lindl.[1]
Genera

Cliftonia
Cyrilla

The Cyrillaceae are a small family of flowering plants in the order Ericales, native to warm temperate to tropical regions of the Americas. The family comprises two genera, Cliftonia and Cyrilla. The two genera have historically been recognized as each containing a single species, Cliftonia monophylla and Cyrilla racemiflora, however additional species of Cyrilla are now recognized.

In the past, many botanists included a third genus, Purdiaea, in the family, though recent research has shown this genus is better placed in the closely related family Clethraceae. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (PDF) 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. 
  2. ^ (Anderberg & Zhang 2002).