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Phytolacca acinosa
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Phytolaccaceae

Agdestidaceae Nakai

Phytolaccaceae is a family of flowering plants. Though almost universally recognized by taxonomists, its circumscription has varied. It is also known as the Pokeweed family.

The APG II system, of 2003 (unchanged from the APG system, of 1998), also recognizes this family and assigns it to the order Caryophyllales in the clade core eudicots. The family comprises five genera, totalling 33 known species.[3] It is divided into the subfamilies Agdestioideae and Phytolaccoideae, with the former Rivinioideae in the Takhtajan system,[4] now placed in its own family Petiveriaceae

Genera and species[edit]

The Phytolaccaceae includes the following genera:

Former genera[edit]

The following genera were previously included in the Phytolaccaceae:[5]


  1. ^ "Family: Phytolaccaceae R. Br., nom. cons". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 17 January 2003. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  2. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x.
  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. ^ Takhtajan, Armen (2009). Flowering Plants (2 ed.). Springer. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-4020-9608-2.
  5. ^ "GRIN genera sometimes placed in Phytolaccaceae". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 18 November 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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