Haloragaceae

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Saxifragales
Familia: Haloragaceae
Genera: Glischrocaryon - Gonocarpus - Haloragis - Haloragodendron - Laurembergia - Loudonia - Meziella - Myriophyllum - Proserpinaca -

Name

Haloragaceae R.Br.

Alternate name

Haloragidaceae

References

* Friedrich A. Lohmueller: The Botanical System of the Plants[1]

Haloragaceae is a family in the order of Saxifragales, of dicotyledon flowering plants. In the Cronquist system, it was included in the order Haloragales, but in the APG II system, it is placed in Saxifragales.

Distribution

The distribution of the family is nearly worldwide. The center of species diversity is in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Description

They are perennial, or occasionally annuals, and mostly leafy plants, although there are woody taxa. Some are land plants and others grow in freshwater. The plants are mainly monoecious and the flowers are nearly always small and radial. There is only one ovule per carpel. The ovaries are syncarp and epigynous.

Genera

In the family there are nine genera, with 145 species:

* Glischrocaryon
* Gonocarpus
* Haloragis
* Haloragodendron, with five species of bushes, endemic to Australia
* Laurembergia
* Meziella
* Myriophyllum, with 60 species of water plants
* Proserpinaca
* Vinkia

The taxa of the earlier family Cercodiaceae and Myriophyllaceae are now included in the family Haloragaceae. Earlier, the genus Gunnera was included in this family.

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