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Nepenthales (Nepenthales Bercht. & J.Presl)[1] is an order of flowering plants in the Cronquist system of plant classification. Plant systematists currently favor the APG III system of 2009 over the older Cronquist for classifying flowering plants. The order was placed in the subclass Dilleniidae, which in the 1981 version of this system included:

The APG II system assigns the first two families to the order Caryophyllales and the last family to the order Ericales.[2]

All three families are carnivorous plant families. The Droseraceae contains three extant genera: Drosera (sundews), which catch insects with adhesive droplets; and Dionaea (Venus flytrap) and Aldrovanda (waterwheel plant), which capture them in leaves with interlocking teeth. The other two families include pitcher plants, which drown their prey.


  1. ^ Reveal, James L. (2011). "New ordinal names established by changes to the botanical code". Phytotaxa 30: 42–44. 
  2. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2003). An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG II. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 141(4): 399-436. doi: 10.1046/j.1095-8339.2003.t01-1-00158.x