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Dianthus caryophyllus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales




Caryophyllales is an order of flowering plants that includes the cacti, carnations, amaranths, beets/chard/buckwheat/rhubarb, ice plants, tamarisks and most carnivorous plants. Many members are succulent, having fleshy stems or leaves.



The Caryophyllales includes about 6% of dicot species.[1] This order is part of the core eudicots.[2] Currently, the Caryophyllales contains 33 families, 692 genera and 11,155 species. [3] The monophyly of the Caryophyllales has been supported by DNA sequences, cytochrome c sequence data and heritable characters such as anther wall development and vessel-elements with simple perforations. [4]


As with all taxa, the circumscription of the Caryophyllales has changed within various classification systems. All systems recognize a core of families with centrospermous ovules and seeds. More recent treatments have expanded the Caryophyllales to include most carnivorous plants.

Although the monophyly of the order has been strongly supported, their placement is still uncertain. Systematists are undecided on whether Caryophyllales should be placed within the rosid complex or sister to the asterid clade. [4] Caryophyllales is separated into 2 sub-orders: Caryophyllineae and Polygonineae. [4] These two sub-orders were formerly (and sometimes still are) recognized as two orders, the Polygonales and Caryophyllales. [4]


As circumscribed by the APG II system (2003), this order includes well-known plants like cacti, carnations, spinach, beet, rhubarb, sundews, venus fly traps, and bougainvillea. Recent molecular and biochemical evidence has resolved additional well-supported clades within the Caryophyllales.

  • order Caryophyllales


Carnegiea gigantea
Sweet William Dwarf from the family Caryophyllaceae

This represents a slight change from the APG system, of 1998

  • order Caryophyllales
    family Achatocarpaceae
    family Aizoaceae
    family Amaranthaceae
    family Ancistrocladaceae
    family Asteropeiaceae
    family Basellaceae
    family Cactaceae
    family Caryophyllaceae
    family Didiereaceae
    family Dioncophyllaceae
    family Droseraceae
    family Drosophyllaceae
    family Frankeniaceae
    family Molluginaceae
    family Nepenthaceae
    family Nyctaginaceae
    family Physenaceae
    family Phytolaccaceae
    family Plumbaginaceae
    family Polygonaceae
    family Portulacaceae
    family Rhabdodendraceae
    family Sarcobataceae
    family Simmondsiaceae
    family Stegnospermataceae
    family Tamaricaceae


Chenopodium album

The Cronquist system (1981) also recognised the order, with this circumscription:

  • order Caryophyllales
    family Achatocarpaceae
    family Aizoaceae
    family Amaranthaceae
    family Basellaceae
    family Cactaceae
    family Caryophyllaceae
    family Chenopodiaceae
    family Didiereaceae
    family Nyctaginaceae
    family Phytolaccaceae
    family Portulacaceae
    family Molluginaceae

The difference with the order as recognized by APG lies in the first place in the concept of "order". The APG favours much larger orders and families, and the order Caryophyllales sensu APG should rather be compared to subclass Caryophyllidae sensu Cronquist.

A part of the difference lies with what families are recognized. The plants in the Stegnospermataceae and Barbeuiaceae were included in Cronquist's Phytolaccaceae. The Chenopodiaceae (still recognized by Cronquist) are included in Amaranthaceae by APG.

New to the order (sensu APG) are the Asteropeiaceae and Physenaceae, each containing a single genus, and two genera from Cronquist's order Nepenthales.

Earlier circumscriptions

Earlier systems, such as the Wettstein system, last edition in 1935, and the Engler system, updated in 1964, had a similar order under the name Centrospermae.


  1. ^ Caryophyllales
  2. ^ Judd. W., Campbell, C., Kellog, E., Stevens, P. & M. Donoghue. (2008). Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach, Third Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA
  3. ^ Stephens, P.F. (2001). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 8, June 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Juan et al. (2007). Electrophoretic characterization of Amaranthus L. seed proteins and its systematic implication. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 57-63.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary




Formed from the family name Caryophyllaceae

Proper noun

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  1. (botany) A taxonomic order within class Magnoliopsida — very many common plants.
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See also

  • Caryophyllaceae (carnation family)
  • Amaranthaceae (amaranth family)
  • Achatocarpaceae
  • Stegnospermataceae
  • Barbeuiaceae
  • Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold family)
  • Phytolaccaceae (pokeweed family)
  • Sarcobataceae (greasewood family)
  • Nyctaginaceae (four-o'clock family)
  • Molluginaceae (carpetweed family)
  • Cactaceae (cactus family)
  • Portulacaceae (purslane family)
  • Basellaceae (basella family)
  • Asteropeiaceae
  • Physenaceae
  • Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)
  • Plumbaginaceae (plumbago family)
  • Frankeniaceae
  • Tamaricaceae (Tamarix family)
  • Droseraceae (sundew family)
  • Nepenthaceae
  • Drosophyllaceae
  • Ancistrocladaceae
  • Dioncophyllaceae


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Drosophyllum lusitanicum.


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Unassigned core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales
Familia: Achatocarpaceae - Aizoaceae - Amaranthaceae - Ancistrocladaceae - Asteropeiaceae - Barbeuiaceae - Basellaceae - Cactaceae - Caryophyllaceae - Didiereaceae - Dioncophyllaceae - Droseraceae - Drosophyllaceae - Frankeniaceae - Gisekiaceae - Halophytaceae - Molluginaceae - Nepenthaceae - Nyctaginaceae - Physenaceae - Phytolaccaceae - Plumbaginaceae - Polygonaceae - Portulacaceae - Rhabdodendraceae - Sarcobataceae - Simmondsiaceae - Stegnospermataceae - Tamaricaceae 

Additions by APWebsite

Limeaceae - Lophiocarpaceae - Montiaceae - Talinaceae - Anacampseros


Caryophyllales Perleb


  • Aizoales
  • Amaranthales
  • Ancistrocladales
  • Atriplicales
  • Cactales
  • Chenopodiales
  • Dioncophyllales
  • Droserales
  • Nepenthales
  • Nyctaginales
  • Opuntiales
  • Petiveriales
  • Physenales
  • Phytolaccales
  • Plumbaginales
  • Polygonales
  • Portulacales
  • Rhabdodendrales
  • Scleranthales
  • Silenales
  • Simmondsiales
  • Stellariales
  • Tamaricales

Vernacular name

Deutsch: Nelkenartige
Italiano: Cariofillali
Magyar: Szegfűvirágúak
Polski: Goździkowce, Śródłożne
Türkçe: Karanfilgiller
Українська: Гвоздикоцвіті
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Simple English

File:Dianthus caryophyllus L (Clove pink).JPG
Dianthus caryophyllus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
(unranked) Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales




Caryophyllales is a flowering plant order that includes the cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and most carnivorous plants. Many members are succulent, having fleshy stems or leaves.


  • Order Caryophyllales
    • Family Achatocarpaceae
    • Family Aizoaceae
    • Family Amaranthaceae
    • Family Ancistrocladaceae
    • Family Asteropeiaceae
    • Family Basellaceae
    • Family Cactaceae
    • Family Caryophyllaceae
    • Family Didiereaceae
    • Family Dioncophyllaceae
    • Family Droseraceae
    • Family Drosophyllaceae
    • Family Frankeniaceae
    • Family Molluginaceae
    • Family Nepenthaceae
    • Family Nyctaginaceae
    • Family Physenaceae
    • Family Phytolaccaceae
    • Family Plumbaginaceae
    • Family Polygonaceae
    • Family Portulacaceae
    • Family Rhabdodendraceae
    • Family Sarcobataceae
    • Family Simmondsiaceae
    • Family Stegnospermataceae
    • Family Tamaricaceae
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