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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Limeaceae
Genus: Limeum

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Limeum is a genus of flowering plants.

Limeum has traditionally been recognized as belonging to the Molluginaceae family, but is now treated as the sole genus in the family Limeaceae. The family is newly recognized through research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III system to deal with long-standing phylogenetic difficulties in placing various genera within the Caryophyllales.[2][3] Limeum comprises subshrub and herbaceous species native to tropical, eastern and southern Africa, and South Asia.[1] Previously, the genus Macarthuria from Western Australia was placed here, but it now is found to belong to Macarthuriaceae.[4]


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  2. ^ Crawley, S. S.; Hilu, K. W. (10 November 2011). "Impact of missing data, gene choice, and taxon sampling on phylogenetic reconstruction: the Caryophyllales (angiosperms)". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 298 (2): 297–312. doi:10.1007/s00606-011-0544-x. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Christenhusz, Maarten J.M.; Brockington, Samuel F.; Christin, Pascal-Antoine; Sage, Rowan F. (8 October 2014). "On the disintegration of Molluginaceae: a new genus and family (Kewa, Kewaceae)". Phytotaxa. 181 (4): 238–243. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.181.4.4.