Limnanthaceae (was "no subject")

Ken Kinman kinman2 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Feb 7 20:01:46 CST 2004

Limnanthaceae has been included in Geraniales by various workers over the years (including Cronquist).  However, there is now a growing consensus that they belong in Brassicales (Capparales).  This placement is supported by both molecular evidence and morphology (production of mustard oils, etc.), so that is where I am placing this family (barring evidence to the contrary).  I prefer the name Brassicales which has priority (over Capparales) and also has a more distinctive name.
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                           Ken Kinman

P.S.  Takhtajan places Limnanthaceae (as Order Limnanthales) among the asterids (Solananae), but that strikes me as a very strange placement (perhaps he has changed his mind in view of more recent evidence).

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