Molluginaceae

Molluginaceae

Synonymy

Molluginaceae Bartl. in Beitr. Bot. 2: 158. 1825, nom. cons., sec. Thulin & al. (2016)
  • =Pharnaceaceae Martinov, Tekhno-Bot. Slovar: 477. 1820 syn. sec. Thulin & al. (2016)
  • =Glinaceae Mart., Consp. Regn. Veg.: 64. 1835 syn. sec. Thulin & al. (2016)
  • =Adenogrammaceae Nakai in J. Jap. Bot. 18: 101. 1942 syn. sec. Thulin & al. (2016)
  • =Polpodaceae Nakai in J. Jap. Bot. 18: 102. 1942 syn. sec. Thulin & al. (2016)

Introduction

Family with eleven genera and c. 90 species mainly distributed in southern Africa, but also found in the tropics around the world (Thulin & al. 2016).

The circumscription has been problematic and some of the taxa formerly assigned to Molluginaceae are now considered as members of other families (especially Aizoaceae and Phytolaccaceae) or as independent families within the Caryophyllales (e.g., Kewaceae, Limeaceae, Lophiocarpaceae) (Endress & Bittrich 1993; Schäferhoff & al. 2009; Christin & al. 2011; Christenhusz & al. 2014). The family as currently circumscribed is characterized by an undifferentiated perianth with alternitepalous stamens, except for Glinus which occasionally has small petals (Brockington & al. 2013).