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Borya scirpoidea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Boryaceae
M.W.Chase, Rudall & Conran[1]


Boryaceae distribution map

Boryaceae is a family of highly drought-tolerant flowering plants native to Australia, placed in the order Asparagales of the monocots.[1] The family includes two genera, with twelve species in total[2] in Australia.

Until recently, this family was not recognized by many taxonomists, with most systems putting the two genera, Borya and Alania, in the Anthericaceae or the Liliaceae. The 2009 APG III system (unchanged from the 1998 and 2003 versions) does recognize this family and places it in the order Asparagales, in the clade monocots, based on molecular phylogenetic evidence that shows the two genera to form a clade.[3]


  1. ^ a b Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (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, 161 (2): 105–121, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x 
  2. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M. & Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. Magnolia Press. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1. 
  3. ^ Rudall, P; P Cribb; D Cutler; C Humphries, eds. (1995). Monocotyledons: systematics and evolution. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 109–137. 

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