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The Asparagus family - in the past this family has been considered to contain only a few genera of perennials usually with tuberous roots, what looks like leaves that are needle like and white starry flowers with 6 tepals and stamens and a 3 chambered ovary.  The fruit is a red or black berry. The principal genus in this narrowed view is Asparagus.

APG II in 2003 proposed expanding this family optionally to include other families, many of which were once included in Liliaceae.  Under this proposed system this family consists of monocots with flowers arranged in racemes, with the exception of Themidaceae which has umbels, but plants in this family have many bracts where the other broad group Alliaceae has umbels and only two bracts.  Below are the families optionally included.  This becomes more complicated because some of these families were expanded by some taxonomists in 2000 to include other families.

Asparagaceæ  Juss., nom. cons.

Plantæ   (kingdom)

Equisetopsida   (class)

[angiosperms]

Magnoliidæ   (subclass)

[core angiosperms - mesangiosperms]

Lilianæ - monocots   (superorder)

Asparagales   (order)

Asparagaceæ   (family)

Agavoideæ, Aphyllanthoideæ, Brodiæoideæ, Lomandroideæ, Nolinoideæ, Scilloideæ   (subfamilies)


subfamily : Agavoideæ



Agave

Anthericum

Beschorneria

Cammasia

Chlorogalum

Chlorophytum

Dasystachys — see Chlorophytum

Debesia — see Anthericum

Furcræa

Hesperaloë

Hesperoyucca

Leucocrinum

Manfreda

Polianthes

Yucca


subfamily : Aphyllanthoideæ



Aphyllanthes


subfamily : Asparagoideæ



Asparagus

Myrsiphyllum — see Asparagus


subfamily : Brodiæoideæ



Brodiæa

Dichelostemma

Triteleia


subfamily : Lomandroideæ



Arthropodium cirratum

Cordyline

Laxmannia

Trichopetalum plumosum


subfamily : Nolinoideæ



Aspidistra

Beaucarnea

Danaë racemosa

Dasylirion

Dracæna

Dracæna draco

Liriope

Maianthemum

Nolina

Ophiopogon

Polygonatum

Rohdea japonica

Ruscus

Sansevieria

Smilacina — see Maianthemum


subfamily : Scilloideæ



Albuca

Albuca bracteata

Bellevalia

Bowiea volubilis

Botryanthus — see Muscari

Brachyscypha — see Lachenalia

Charybdis maritima — see Drimia maritima

Drimia

Drimia maritima

Driminopsis — see Ledebouria

Endymion — see Hyacinthoides

Lachenalia

Ledebouria

Muscari

Ornithogalum

O. maritimum — see Drimia maritima

Scilla

S. maritima — see Drimia maritima

S. peruviana

Urginea maritima — see Drimia maritima

U. scilla — see Drimia maritima


References


Mark W Chase; James L Reveal. 2009. A phylogenetic classification of the land plants to accompany APG III. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161: 122-127. The Linnean Society of London. http://reflora.jbrj.gov.br/downloads/APG2.pdf [accessed 14 October, 2013].

L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz. Asparagaceae Juss.. DELTA – DEscription Language for TAxonomy. Website http://delta-intkey.com/angio/www/asparaga.htm [accessed 12 August 2016].

Wikispecies. Asparagaceæ. Wikispecies, free spcies directory. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagaceae [accessed 30 Jan 2016].

Wikispecies. APG III system. Wikispecies, free spcies directory. Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APG_III_system [accessed 30 Jan 2016].