The data on this site are based on the publication “A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales”, Willdenowia 45: 281 – 384, 2015, by Patricia Hernández-Ledesma, Walter G. Berendsohn, Thomas Borsch, Sabine von Mering, Hossein Akhani, Salvador Arias, Idelfonso Castañeda-Noa, Urs Eggli, Roger Eriksson, Hilda Flores-Olvera, Susy Fuentes-Bazán, Gudrun Kadereit, Cornelia Klak, Nadja Korotkova, Reto Nyffeler, Gilberto Ocampo, Helga Ochoterena, Bengt Oxelman, Richard K. Rabeler, Adriana Sanchez, Boris O. Schlumpberger & Pertti Uotila. Updates based on later publications have been added afterwards.
A taxonomic backbone at the genus level is provided that reflects the current state of knowledge and accepts 750 genera for the order. A detailed review of the literature of the past two decades shows that enormous progress has been made in understanding overall phylogenetic relationships in Caryophyllales. Whereas the process of re-circumscribing families in order to be monophyletic appears to be largely complete, the phylogenetic evaluation of generic concepts is still well underway. As a result of this, the number of genera has increased by more than ten percent in comparison to the last complete treatments in the “Families and genera of vascular plants” series. A checklist with all currently accepted genus names in Caryophyllales, as well as nomenclatural references, type names and synonymy is presented. Notes indicate how extensively the respective genera have been studied in a phylogenetic context.
This synopsis represents a first step towards the aim of creating a global synthesis of the species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales involving the work of numerous specialists around the world.