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Diapensia lapponica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Diapensiaceae

Diapensiaceae is a small family of flowering plants, comprising 12 species in five genera.[2] Three of the genera, Berneuxia, Galax, and Pyxidanthera, contain only a single species. The Asian species of Shortia were formerly separated as the genus Schizocodon, and some authors still recognize S. soldanelloides under that name.[3] Another genus, Diplarche, was included in the family by some authors but is now regarded as a member of Ericaceae.


In other plant classifications such as the Cronquist system, the family was treated in its own order Diapensiales, but more recent studies such as the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group place it in the order Ericales.


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  2. ^ Rönblom, K.; A. A. Anderberg (2002). "Phylogeny of Diapensiaceae based on molecular data and morphology". Systematic Botany. 27 (2): 383–395. doi:10.1043/0363-6445-27.2.383.
  3. ^ Barnes, P. (1990). "A Summary of the genus Shortia (Diapensiaceae)". The Plantsman. 12 (1): 23–34.