Frankeniaceae Desv., Dict. Rais. Bot.: 188. 1817 sec. APG [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group] 2016



A monogeneric family with 70-80 species of halophytic and xerophytic shrubs, subshrubs and herbs (Whalen 1987; Kubitzki 2003d) distributed throughout the warmer dry regions of the world (Kubitzki 2003d). Kubitzki (2003d) recognized two genera: Frankenia and the monospecific Hypericopsis; however in the same year Olson & al. (2003) supported the inclusion of Hypericopsis within Frankenia based on wood anatomical characters. The position of Hypericopsis within the Eurasian and Australian clade of Frankenia has also been well-supported by the molecular phylogenetic study of Gaskin & al. (2004).A
A. Hernández-Ledesma, P., Berendsohn, W.G., Borsch, T., von Mering, S., 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. 2015: A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. – Willdenowia 45(3): 281-383