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Securidaca longipedunculata MS 1933.JPG
Securidaca longipedunculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Polygalaceae
Hoffmanns. & Link[1]
Tribes and Genera
Polygaleae distribution.svg
Distribution of the Polygalaceae.

The Polygalaceae (syn. Diclidantheraceae, Moutabeaceae, Xanthophyllaceae) or the milkwort family are made up of flowering plants in the order Fabales. They have a near-cosmopolitan range, with about 21 genera and ca 900 known species[2] of herbs, shrubs and trees. Over half of the species are in one genus, Polygala, the milkworts.

Under the Cronquist classification system, Polygalaceae were treated in a separate order of their own, Polygalales. Currently, according to the APG, the family belongs in Fabales.


  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, M. J. M. & Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. Magnolia Press. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1. 

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