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Mollugo verticillata (USDA).jpg
from Thomé (1885)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Molluginaceae

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Molluginaceae are a family of flowering plants recognized by several taxonomists. It was previously included in the larger family Aizoaceae. The APG III system of 2009 made no change in the status of the family as compared to the APG II system of 2003 and the APG system of 1998, apart from a reassignment of several genera, such as the placement of Corrigiola and Telephium into Caryophyllaceae, Corbichonia in Lophiocarpaceae, Microtea into Microteaceae and Limeum in Limeaceae, because the family was found to be widely polyphyletic in Caryophyllales. In addition Macarthuria was found not to be related to Limeum as previously thought and thus it was placed in Macarthuriaceae, and similarly species formerly placed in Hypertelis, apart from type species Hypertelis spergulacea, a true Molluginaceae, were found to belong elsewhere and were described as Kewa in the family Kewaceae, named for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.[2] Molluginaceae is still assigned to the order Caryophyllales in the clade core eudicots, although the generic circumscription is difficult because Mollugo is not monophyletic.


Molluginaceae in its current circumscription includes ca 9 genera and ca 80 known species[3]

Excluded genera[edit]

Genera listed in Tropicos[edit]

Tropicos currently includes 12 genera.[4]

Genus Author Reference Date
Adenogramma Rchb. Icon. Bot. Exot. 2: 3 1828
Coelanthum E. Mey. ex Fenzl Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 1: 353 1836
Glinus L. Sp. Pl. 1: 463 1753
Glischrothamnus Pilg. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 40: 396 1908
Hypertelis E. Mey. ex Fenzl Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 1: 352 1836
Mollugo L. Sp. Pl. 1: 89 1753
Orygia[note 1] Forssk. Fl. Aegypt.-Arab. 103 1775
Paramollugo Thulin Taxon 65(4): 784 2016
Pharnaceum L. Sp. Pl. 1: 272 1753
Polpoda C. Presl Polpoda [Nov. Pl. Gen.] 1829
Psammotropha Eckl. & Zeyh. Enum. Pl. Afr. Austral. 286 1836
Suessenguthiella Friedrich Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 2(12): 60–62, f. A 1955


  1. ^ Orygia may be synonomus with Corbichonia in the family Lophiocarpaceae[5]


  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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M.; Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1.
  4. ^ "". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The Plant List". 1.1. 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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