Plant Family


Family CN: Viburnum Family
Family Code: VIBURN
Family Parent: [in DIPSACALES]
Family Authority: Rafinesque 1820
Summary: A family of about 5 genera and about 175-210 species, shrubs, small trees, and herbs (here interpreted as including Sambucus and Viburnum), mainly of the Northern Hemisphere. There now appears to be little doubt that Sambucus and Viburnum are more naturally placed in a separate family, in contrast to their traditional placement in the Caprifoliaceae (Zhang et al. 2003, Eriksson & Donoghue 1997). The correct name for that segregate family has been in dispute, but the failure of a 'super-conservation' proposal for Adoxaceae means that Viburnaceae is the correct name (Wilson 2016).
Reference: Backlund & Bittrich in Kadereit & Bittrich (2016); Ferguson (1966a); Wilson (2016).
Last Updated: 2020-01-01
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