Edited by Ho Dinh Hai Long An - Vietnam Updated: 18/4/2015
1- Introduction to the Family Asparagaceae
1.1- Overview Asparagaceae is a family of flowering plants, placed in the OrderAsparagales of the monocots. In earlier classification systems, the species involved were often treated as belonging to the family Liliaceae. The APG II system of 2003 allowed two options as to the circumscription of the family: either Asparagaceae sensu lato ("in the wider sense") combining seven previously recognized families, or Asparagaceae sensu stricto ("in the strict sense") consisting of very few genera (notably Asparagus, also Hemiphylacus), but nevertheless totalling a few hundred species. The revised APG III system of 2009 allows only the broader sense. 1.2- Subfamilies of the Family Asparagaceae The APG III system of 2009 proposed seven subfamilies to correspond to the originally separate families. These are: 1- Subfamily Agavoideae = family Agavaceae and family Hesperocallidaceae. 2- Subfamily Aphyllanthoideae = family Aphyllanthaceae 3- SubfamilyAsparagoideae= family Asparagaceae sensu stricto. 4- SubfamilyBrodiaeoideae= family Themidaceae. 5- SubfamilyLomandroideae= family Laxmanniaceae. 6- SubfamilyNolinoideae= family Ruscaceae. 7- Subfamily Scilloideae = family Hyacinthaceae
2- Subfamilies and Genera of the Family Asparagaceae
Unless otherwise noted, the alphabetical list below is based on genera accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families as in the family Asparagaceae (with synonyms from the same source). The reference against the subfamily name is to the source which places the genus in that subfamily.
2.2- Subfamily Aphyllanthoideae + Overview: SubfamilyAphyllanthoideae= family Aphyllanthaceae Aphyllanthoideae is a monocot subfamily of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, order Asparagales. The subfamily and family names are derived from the generic name of the type genus, Aphyllanthes, endemic to the western Mediterranean region The sufamily has only one species: Aphyllanthes + Genus: AphyllanthesL. Aphyllanthesis a genus of flowering plants with only one species, Aphyllanthes monspeliensis, endemic to the western Mediterranean region. It is the only genus in the Aphyllanthoideae, a subfamily of the familyAsparagaceae. Aphyllanthoideae was formerly treated as a separate family, Aphyllanthaceae.