FAMILY GRAVEYARD

FAMILY GRAVEYARD

This website now endeavours to conform to the APGIII taxonomic system of 2009. As such a great deal of rationalization, re-assignment, abolishment and the invention of totally new families has occurred in comparison to previous systems, such as the pre-Cronquist system. This has all become possible by recent advances in molecular taxonomy.

The result is an accumulation of a large number of dis-used and now obsolete families, which have been buried in the family vaults but are herewith listed. Note that in many instances, it is the family name which has changed rather than the family being abolished altogether. In other instances it may be that the original family has been split up, then abolished, and the constituent Genera now redistributed into more than one differing family, some of which may be newly-fangled families. Conversely; many old families have been merged into a single new family.

This list is probably in-complete; more will indubitably be added to the list as taxonomists further refine their  alchemy  ingenious technique in the coming years.

Any discrepancies from AGPIII could be due to some disagreement between taxonomists, for many genera are still in a state of taxonomic flux, some torn between more than two magnetic poles.

The genera currently under Boraginaceae could be due for some major turmoil in the future, if only taxonomists could agree what. At some point in the future the constituents of the Boraginaceae will be torn asunder and flung off into nethereaches of the cosmic landscape by several co-gyrating pulsars at tachyonic speeds, perhaps to land up in several different Universes out of the >10500 thought available.


Hint - if you wish to browse through the new Families rather than just look at one, then use the left-wardly directed arrows immediately below to put the Family selector into the column on the immediate left, otherwise if you use the links provided on this page, then the one will over-write the other.

THE -ae FAMILY GRAVEYARD
  R.I.P.   ENGLISH FAMILY   CHANGED TO/MOVED INTO
 Compositae Daisy & Dandelion  ⇒ Asteraceae
 Convolvulae Bindweed  ⇒ Convolvulaceae
 Crucifera Mustard/Cabbage  ⇒ Brassicaceae
 Gramineae Grasses  ⇒ Poaceae
 Guttiferae St. John's Wort  ⇒ Clusiaceae ⇒ Hypericaceae
 Labiatae Mint  ⇒ Lamiaceae
 Leguminosae Pea  ⇒ Fabaceae
 Palmae Palm  ⇒ Arecaceae
 Umbelliferae Carrot  ⇒ Apiaceae


THE -aceae FAMILY GRAVEYARD
  R.I.P.   ENGLISH FAMILY   CHANGED TO/MOVED INTO
 Aceraceae Maple  ⇒ Sapindaceae
 Agapanthaceae African-Lily  ⇒ Alliaceae
 Agavaceae Centuryplant  ⇒ Asparagaceae
 Aloeaceae Aloe  ⇒ Xanthorrhoeaceae
 Amaryllidaceae Jersey-Lily  ⇒ Alliaceae
 Asphodelaceae Asphodel  ⇒ Xanthorrhoeaceae
 Aspidiaceae 'Ferns'  ⇒ Dryopteridaceae
 Athyriaceae Lady-Fern  ⇒ Woodsiaceae
 Aucubaceae Spotted-laurel  ⇒ Garryaceae
 Azollaceae Water-fern  ⇒ Salviniaceae
 Buddlejaceae Butterfly-bush  ⇒ Scrophulariaceae
 Callitrichaceae Water-starwort  ⇒ Plantaginaceae
 Chenopodiaceae Goosefoot  ⇒ Amaranthaceae
 Clusiaceae St. John's Wort  ⇒ Hypericaceae
 Corylaceae Birch  ⇒ Betulaceae
 Cuscutaceae Dodder  ⇒ Convolvulaceae
 Empetraceae Crowberry  ⇒ Ericaceae
 Hemerocallidaceae Day-Lily  ⇒ Xanthorrhoeaceae
 Hippocastanaceae Horse-chestnut  ⇒ Sapindaceae
 Hippuridaceae Mare's-Tail  ⇒ Plantaginaceae
 Hyacinthaceae Hyacinth  ⇒ Asparagaceae
 Hydrophyllaceae Waterleaf  ⇒ Boraginaceae
 Laxmanniaceae Cabbage-Tree  ⇒ Asparagaceae
 Lemnaceae Duckweed  ⇒ Araceae
 Lobeliaceae Lobelia  ⇒ Campanulaceae
 Monotropaceae Bird's-nest  ⇒ Ericaceae
 Najadaceae Naiad  ⇒ Hydrocharitaceae
 Phormiaceae New-Zealand Flax  ⇒ Xanthorrhoeaceae
 Pyrolaceae Wintergreen  ⇒ Ericaceae
 Ruscaceae Butcher's-Broom  ⇒ Asparagaceae
 Sparganiaceae Bur-reed  ⇒ Typhaceae
 Themidaceae 'Hyacinth'  ⇒ Asparagaceae
 Tiliaceae Lime  ⇒ Malvaceae
 Trilliaceae Herb-Paris  ⇒ Melanthiaceae
 Viscaceae Mistletoe  ⇒ Santalaceae
 Zannichelliaceae Horned-Pondweed  ⇒ Potamogetonaceae


FAMILY GRAVEYARD


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