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- Created 2012-03-30
included in the
. The family takes its name from the
, hence the common name of the
There have been widely differing views as to the limits of the family. The most recent
of 2009) takes a broad view of the Amaryllidaceae, which then has three subfamilies, the
(the old Agapanthaceae family), the
(the old Alliaceae family) and the
(the old Amaryllidaceae family). With this definition, the family includes about 75 genera and 1600 species.
Plants have rather fleshy and two-ranked leaves and flowers typically arranged in
s at the apex of leafless flowering stems, or scapes. The Agapanthoideae have superior ovaries, as do the Allioideae, the onion subfamily. The Allioideae produce allyl sulfide compounds which give them their characteristic smell. The Amaryllidoideae have inferior ovaries.
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