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Xeronema callistemon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Xeronemataceae
M.W.Chase, Rudall & M.F.Fay[1]


Xeronemataceae distribution map

Xeronemataceae is a family of flowering plants, placed in the order Asparagales of the monocots.[1] The name was published in 2000 and has therefore been recognized only in recent taxonomies.[2] The APG III system of 2009 (unchanged from the 1998 and 2003 versions) does recognize this family.

The single genus in the family, Xeronema, with two species, has been variously placed in the family Asphodelaceae or the family Hemerocallidaceae in other taxonomic systems. One species, Xeronema callistemon, is native to two islands off of the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand and the other, Xeronema moorei, is native to New Caledonia. The plants are herbaceous monocots, spreading by rhizomes, and have large flowers set on terminal spikes, with stamens towering above the flowers.


  1. ^ a b Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (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. 
  2. ^ Chase, MW; PJ Rudall; MF Fay (2000). "Xeronemataceae, a new family of asparagoid lilies from New Caledonia and New Zealand". Kew Bulletin. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 55 (4): 865–870. doi:10.2307/4113631. JSTOR 4113631. 

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