Plant Family


Family CN: Sandalwood Family
Family Code: SANTAL
Family Parent: [in SANTALALES]
Family Authority: R. Brown 1820
Summary: A family of about 41 genera and 930 species, trees, shrubs, and herbs, primarily of tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World and New World. All members of the family are hemiparasitic, attaching to the stems or roots of other plants. Viscaceae are closely related to and should either be included in the Santalaceae (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 2003, 2009), as done here, or the contrasting approach should be taken, involving the segregation of smaller, monophyletic families (Nickrent et al. 2010). In our area, this would mean Santalaceae s.s. (Nestronia), Cervantesiaceae (Pyrularia), Thesiaceae (Buckleya), Comandraceae (Comandra), and Viscaceae (Phoradendron) (Nickrent et al. 2010).
Reference: Nickrent et al. (2010); Nickrent & Malécot (2001).
Last Updated: 2020-01-01
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