Asparagaceae Family:

Asparagaceae Juss.

The plant family Asparagaceae was named and described as such by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.

Plants of the World Online lists 118 accepted genera in the plant family Asparagaceae. The Wikipedia article says there are 119 genera with around 2,900 combined species and list several subgenera. At the bottom of the page, it says the article was updated on December, 2020, but its references are not current… Plants of the World Online says there are two recognized subgenera. A while back, genera from four other families were combined with the family Asparagaceae… Part of one of the APG systems updates no doubt. The four families, now synonyms of Asparagaceae are Agavaceae, Dracaenaceae, Eriospermaceae, and Hyacinthaceae.

Updates are continually made and hard to keep up with. Plants of the World Online by Kew seem to do a very good job keeping up-to-date because think they have employees who are paid to do it. Many other databases and articles are written and maintained by volunteers with other careers who don’t have the time to make continual updates.



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