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Temporal range: 80Ma Late Cretaceous - Recent
|Alpinia purpurata, a popular ornamental of the Zingiberaceae.|
Zingiberales is an order of flowering plants. The order has been widely recognised by the taxonomists, at least for the past few decades. This order includes many familiar plants like ginger, cardamom, turmeric, galangal and myoga of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family, and bananas and plantains of the Musaceae or banana family, along with arrowroot of the Marantaceae or arrowroot family.
The APG III system, of 2009 [unchanged from the APG system (1998) and the APG II system (2003)], recognizes this order and assigns it to the clade commelinids, in the monocots. It is circumscribed as:
- order Zingiberales
Earlier systems, such as the Wettstein system, last revised in 1935, and the Engler system, updated in 1964, recognised a similar order (containing the same plants, although divided over fewer families) Scitamineae.
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