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Pharus parvifolius Nash ssp. parvifolius Judz. (14730968949).jpg
Pharus parvifolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pharoideae
(Stapf) L.G.Clark & Judz.
Tribe: Phareae

Pharoideae is a subfamily of the true grass family Poaceae, containing the single tribe Phareae with the two genera Leptaspis and Pharus. Its members grow on the shaded floors of tropical to warm temperate forests.

This subfamily is one of the earliest-diverging grass lineages, older than the big BEP and PACMAD clades.[1]


  1. ^ Grass Phylogeny Working Group II (2012). "New grass phylogeny resolves deep evolutionary relationships and discovers C4 origins". New Phytologist 193 (2): 304–312. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03972.x.  open access publication - free to read