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Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Phytolaccaceae
Subfamiliae: Agdestidoideae – Phytolaccoideae
Genera: Agdestis – Anisomeria – Ercilla – Phytolacca


Phytolaccaceae R. Br. Narr. Exped. Zaire 454. (1818) nom. cons.

  • Type genus: Phytolacca L. Sp. Pl. 1: 441. (1753)

Note: Circumscription follows APG (2016) and Stevens (2017) rather than Hernández-Ledesma et al. (2015) or Tropicos (2017) it is therefore a view of Phytolaccaceae s.s. excluding particularly Petiveriaceae, but including Agdestis c.f. Hernández-Ledesma et al. (2015).


  • Brown, R. 1818. Narrative of an Expedition to Explore the River Zaire 454.
  • Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. 2016. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181(1): 1–20. doi: 10.1111/boj.12385 Reference page. 
  • Hernández-Ledesma, P., Berendsohn, W. G., Borsch, T., Mering, S. von, Akhani, H., Arias, S., Castañeda-Noa, I., Eggli, U., Eriksson, R., Flores-Olvera, H., Fuentes-Bazán, S., Kadereit, G., Klak, C., Korotkova, N., Nyffeler R., Ocampo G., Ochoterena, H., Oxelman, B., Rabeler, R. K., Sanchez, A., Schlumpberger, B. O. & Uotila, P. 2015. A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Willdenowia 45(3): 281–383. doi: 10.3372/wi.45.45301 Full text PDF Reference page. 
  • International Plant Names Index. 2017. Phytolaccaceae. Published online. Accessed Apr. 27 2017.

Vernacular names[edit]

Deutsch: Kermesbeerengewächse
English: Pokeweed Family
español: Fitolacáceas
français: Phytolaccacées
Nederlands: Karmozijnbesfamilie
日本語: ヤマゴボウ科
norsk: Kermesbærfamilien
polski: Szkarłatkowate
suomi: Kermesmarjakasvit
svenska: Kermesbärsväxter
Türkçe: Şekerciboyasıgiller
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