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Flagellaria indica[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Flagellariaceae
Genus: Flagellaria

Flagellaria is the sole genus in the flowering plant family Flagellariaceae. The family has historically been recognized by few taxonomists. The APG II system, of 2003 (unchanged from the APG system, 1998), does recognize such a family, and assigns it to the order Poales in the clade commelinids, in the monocots.

Flagellaria consists of only four known species, found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Australia, and various island of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

  1. Flagellaria gigantea Hook.f. - Bismarck Archipelago, Samoa, Niue, Fiji
  2. Flagellaria guineensis Schumach. - tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar
  3. Flagellaria indica L. - Asia, Papuasia, Australia, Micronesia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues Island, Mozambique, Tanzania
  4. Flagellaria neocaledonica Schltr. - Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji


  1. ^ 1809 illustration from Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) - Les liliacées vol. 5 pl. 257 (http://www.botanicus.org/page/300196)
  2. ^ 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 2013-06-26. 

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