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Title: Dioscoreaceae  
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Subject: Dioscoreales, Dioscorea, Dioscorea bulbifera, Dioscorea communis, Dioscorea polystachya
Collection: Dioscoreales, Monocot Families
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Dioscorea balcanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Dioscoreaceae

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Dioscoreaceae is a family of monocotyledonous flowering plants, with about 750 species in eight or nine genera. The best-known member of the family is the Yam (Dioscorea).

The APG system (1998) and APG II system (2003) both place it in the order Dioscoreales, in the clade monocots. However, the circumscription changed in the APG II system, with the 2003 system expanded to include the plants that in the 1998 system were treated in the families Taccaceae and Trichopodaceae.


Dioscoreaceae (sensu stricto)


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121.  

External links

  • Dioscoreaceae, Taccaceae, Trichopodaceae in L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz (1992 onwards), The families of flowering plants
  • Monocot families (USDA)
  • : DioscoreaceaeFlora of North America
  • NCBI Taxonomy Browser
  • Dioscoreaceae links, Taccaceae links, Trichopodaceae links at CSDL, Texas
  • Dioscoreaceae Scratchpad in eMonocot
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