List of recognised plant families

List of Recognised Plant Families

Here’s a handy list of all the currently recognised families of plants, which we thought might prove useful as a reference.

In biology, a ‘family’ is a taxonomic group which comprises of one of more genera. An example of this is that the Trichocereus genus belongs to the Cactaceae family. The genera contained within a particular family were organised that way by botanists due to sharing similar characteristics, such as the shape of their leaves or seeds, or the structure of their reproductive systems.

Because of this organisational system, we can start to guess at suitable parameters for poorly-documented genera and species by means of observing their relatives. For instance, if you know how to grow Mimosa species but can’t find anything about cultivating Acacia, you might start by realising that both number among the Fabaceae, so (broadly) what’s good for one may well be at least tolerated by the other! The same goes for treating unwanted pests too.


Currently Recognised Families of Plants

Acanthaceae
Achariaceae
Achatocarpaceae
Acoraceae
Acrobolbaceae
Actinidiaceae
Adelanthaceae
Adoxaceae
Aextoxicaceae
Aizoaceae
Akaniaceae
Alismataceae
Allisoniaceae
Alseuosmiaceae
Alstroemeriaceae
Altingiaceae
Amaranthaceae
Amaryllidaceae
Amblystegiaceae
Amborellaceae
Anacampserotaceae
Anacardiaceae
Anarthriaceae
Anastrophyllaceae
Ancistrocladaceae
Andreaeaceae
Andreaeobryaceae
Anemiaceae
Aneuraceae
Anisophylleaceae
Annonaceae
Antheliaceae
Anthocerotaceae
Aphanopetalaceae
Aphloiaceae
Apiaceae
Apleniaceae
Apocynaceae
Apodanthaceae
Aponogetonaceae
Aquifoliaceae
Araceae
Araliaceae
Araucariaceae
Archidiaceae
Arecaceae
Argophyllaceae
Aristolochiaceae
Arnelliaceae
Asparagaceae

Asphodelaceae
Aspleniaceae
Asteliaceae

Asteraceae
Asteropeiaceae
Atherospermataceae
Athyriaceae
Aulacomniaceae
Austrobaileyaceae
Aytoniaceae
Balanopaceae
Balanophoraceae
Balantiopsaceae
Balsaminaceae
Barbeuiaceae
Barbeyaceae
Bartramiaceae
Basellaceae
Bataceae
Begoniaceae
Berberidaceae
Berberidopsidaceae
Betulaceae
Biebersteiniaceae
Bignoniaceae
Bixaceae
Blandfordiaceae
Blasiaceae
Blechnaceae
Bonnetiaceae
Boraginaceae
Boryaceae
Brachytheciaceae
Brassicaceae
Brevianthaceae
Bromeliaceae
Bruchiaceae
Brunelliaceae
Bruniaceae
Bryaceae
Bryobartramiaceae
Bryoxiphiaceae
Burmanniaceae
Burseraceae
Butomaceae
Buxaceae
Buxbaumiaceae
Byblidaceae
Cabombaceae
Cactaceae
Calceolariaceae
Calomniaceae
Calophyllaceae
Calycanthaceae
Calyceraceae
Calymperaceae
Calypogeiaceae
Campanulaceae
Campynemataceae
Canellaceae
Cannabaceae
Cannaceae
Capparaceae
Caprifoliaceae
Cardiopteridaceae
Caricaceae
Carlemanniaceae
Caryocaraceae
Caryophyllaceae
Casuarinaceae
Catagoniaceae
Catoscopiaceae
Celastraceae
Centrolepidaceae
Centroplacaceae
Cephalotaceae
Cephaloziaceae
Cephaloziellaceae
Ceratophyllaceae
Cercidiphyllaceae
Chaetophyllopsaceae
Chloranthaceae
Chonecoleaceae
Chrysobalanaceae
Cibotiaceae
Cinclidotaceae
Circaeasteraceae
Cistaceae
Cleomaceae
Clethraceae
Cleveaceae
Climaciaceae
Clusiaceae
Colchicaceae
Columelliaceae
Combretaceae
Commelinaceae
Compositae
Connaraceae
Conocephalaceae
Convolvulaceae
Coriariaceae
Cornaceae
Corsiaceae
Corsiniaceae
Corynocarpaceae
Costaceae
Crassulaceae
Crossosomataceae
Cryphaeaceae
Ctenolophonaceae
Cucurbitaceae
Culcitaceae
Cunoniaceae
Cupressaceae
Curtisiaceae
Cyatheaceae
Cycadaceae
Cyclanthaceae
Cymodoceaceae
Cynomoriaceae
Cyperaceae
Cyrillaceae
Cyrtopodaceae
Cystodiaceae
Cystopteridaceae
Cytinaceae
Daltoniaceae
Daphniphyllaceae
Dasypogonaceae
Datiscaceae
Davalliaceae
Degeneriaceae
Dendrocerotaceae
Dennstaedtiaceae
Diapensiaceae
Dichapetalaceae
Dicksoniaceae
Dicnemonaceae
Dicranaceae
Didiereaceae
Dilleniaceae
Dioncophyllaceae
Dioscoreaceae
Dipentodontaceae
Diphysciaceae
Diplaziopsidaceae
Dipteridaceae
Dipterocarpaceae
Dirachmaceae
Disceliaceae
Ditrichaceae
Doryanthaceae
Droseraceae
Drosophyllaceae
Dryopteridacae
Dryopteridaceae
Ebenaceae
Ecdeiocoleaceae
Echinodiaceae
Elaeagnaceae
Elaeocarpaceae
Elatinaceae
Emblingiaceae
Encalyptaceae
Entodontaceae
Ephedraceae
Ephemeraceae
Equisetaceae
Ericaceae
Eriocaulaceae
Erpodiaceae
Erythroxylaceae
Escalloniaceae
Eucommiaceae
Euphorbiaceae
Euphroniaceae
Eupomatiaceae
Eupteleaceae
Eustichiaceae
Exormothecaceae

Fabaceae
Fabroniaceae
Fagaceae
Fissidentaceae
Flacourtiaceae
Flagellariaceae
Fontinalaceae
Fossombroniaceae
Fouquieriaceae
Frankeniaceae

Fucaceae
Funariaceae
Garryaceae
Geissolomataceae
Gelsemiaceae
Gentianaceae
Geocalycaceae
Geraniaceae
Gerrardinaceae
Gesneriaceae
Gigaspermaceae
Ginkgoaceae
Gisekiaceae
Gleicheniaceae
Gnetaceae
Goebeliellaceae
Gomortegaceae
Goodeniaceae
Goupiaceae
Grimmiaceae
Grossulariaceae
Grubbiaceae
Guamatelaceae
Gunneraceae
Gymnomitriaceae
Gyrostemonaceae
Gyrothyraceae
Haemodoraceae
Halophytaceae
Haloragaceae
Hamamelidaceae
Hanguanaceae
Haplomitriaceae
Haptanthaceae
Hedwigiaceae
Heliconiaceae
Helicophyllaceae
Helwingiaceae
Herbertaceae
Hernandiaceae
Himantandraceae
Hookeriaceae
Huaceae
Humiriaceae
Hydatellaceae
Hydnoraceae
Hydrangeaceae
Hydrocharitaceae
Hydroleaceae
Hydrostachyaceae
Hylocomiaceae
Hymenophyllaceae
Hymenophytaceae
Hypericaceae
Hypnaceae
Hypnodendraceae
Hypodematiaceae
Hypopterygiaceae
Hypoxidaceae
Icacinaceae
Iridaceae
Irvingiaceae
Isoëtaceae
Iteaceae
Ixioliriaceae
Ixonanthaceae
Jackiellaceae
Joinvilleaceae
Jubulaceae
Jubulopsaceae
Juglandaceae
Juncaceae
Juncaginaceae
Jungermanniaceae
Kirkiaceae
Koeberliniaceae
Krameriaceae
Lacistemataceae
Lactoridaceae
Lamiaceae
Lanariaceae
Lardizabalaceae
Lauraceae
Lecythidaceae
Leguminosae
Lejeuneaceae
Lembophyllaceae

Lentibulariaceae
Lepicoleaceae

Lepidobotryaceae
Lepidolaenaceae
Lepidoziaceae
Leptodontaceae
Lepyrodontaceae
Leskeaceae
Leucodontaceae
Leucomiaceae
Liliaceae
Limeaceae
Limnanthaceae
Linaceae
Linderniaceae
Lindsaeaceae
Loasaceae
Loganiaceae
Lomariopsidaceae
Lonchitidaceae
Lophiocarpaceae
Lophocoleaceae
Lophopyxidaceae
Lophoziaceae
Loranthaceae
Lowiaceae
Loxsomataceae
Lunulariaceae
Lycopodiaceae
Lygodiaceae
Lythraceae
Magnoliaceae
Makinoaceae
Malpighiaceae
Malvaceae
Marantaceae
Marattiaceae
Marcgraviaceae
Marchantiaceae
Marsileaceae
Martyniaceae
Mastigophoraceae
Matoniaceae
Mayacaceae
Meesiaceae
Melanthiaceae
Melastomataceae
Meliaceae
Melianthaceae
Menispermaceae
Menyanthaceae
Mesoptychiaceae
Metaxyaceae
Meteoriaceae
Metteniusaceae
Metzgeriaceae
Microtheciellaceae
Misodendraceae
Mitrastemonaceae
Mitteniaceae
Mizutaniaceae
Mniaceae
Molluginaceae
Monimiaceae
Monocarpaceae
Monocleaceae
Monosoleniaceae
Montiaceae
Montiniaceae
Moraceae
Moringaceae
Muntingiaceae
Musaceae
Myodocarpaceae
Myricaceae
Myriniaceae
Myristicaceae
Myrothamnaceae
Myrtaceae
Myuriaceae
Nartheciaceae
Neckeraceae
Nelumbonaceae
Neotrichocoleaceae
Nepenthaceae
Nephrolepidaceae
Neuradaceae
Nitrariaceae
Nothofagaceae
Notothyladaceae
Nyctaginaceae
Nymphaeaceae
Ochnaceae
Octoblepharaceae
Oedipodiaceae
Olacaceae
Oleaceae
Oleandraceae
Onagraceae
Oncothecaceae
Onocleaceae
Ophioglossaceae
Opiliaceae
Orchidaceae
Orobanchaceae
Orthorrhynchiaceae
Orthotrichaceae
Osmundaceae
Oxalidaceae
Oxymitraceae
Paeoniaceae
Pallaviciniaceae
Pandaceae
Pandanaceae
Papaveraceae
Paracryphiaceae
Passifloraceae
Paulowniaceae
Pedaliaceae
Pelliaceae
Penaeaceae
Pennantiaceae
Pentadiplandraceae
Pentaphragmataceae
Pentaphylacaceae
Penthoraceae
Peraceae
Peridiscaceae
Petenaeaceae
Petermanniaceae
Petrosaviaceae
Phellinaceae
Philesiaceae
Philydraceae
Phrymaceae
Phyllanthaceae
Phyllodrepaniaceae
Phyllogoniaceae
Phyllonomaceae
Physenaceae
Phytolaccaceae
Picramniaceae
Picrodendraceae
Pilotrichaceae
Pinaceae
Piperaceae
Pittosporaceae
Plagiochilaceae
Plagiogyriaceae
Plagiotheciaceae
Plantaginaceae
Platanaceae
Pleurophascaceae
Pleuroziaceae
Pleuroziopsaceae
Plocospermataceae
Plumbaginaceae
Poaceae
Podocarpaceae
Podostemaceae
Polemoniaceae
Polygalaceae
Polygonaceae
Polypodiaceae
Polytrichaceae
Pontederiaceae
Porellaceae
Portulacaceae
Posidoniaceae
Potamogetonaceae
Pottiaceae
Primulaceae
Prionodontaceae
Proteaceae
Pseudoditrichaceae
Pseudolepicoleaceae
Psilotaceae
Pteridaceae
Pterigynandraceae
Pterobryaceae
Ptilidiaceae
Ptychomitriaceae
Ptychomniaceae
Putranjivaceae
Quillajaceae
Racopilaceae
Radulaceae
Rafflesiaceae
Ranunculaceae
Rapateaceae
Regmatodontaceae
Resedaceae
Restionaceae
Rhabdodendraceae
Rhabdoweisiaceae
Rhachidosoraceae
Rhachitheciaceae
Rhacocarpaceae
Rhamnaceae
Rhipogonaceae
Rhizogoniaceae
Rhizophoraceae
Ricciaceae
Riellaceae
Rigodiaceae
Roridulaceae
Rosaceae
Rousseaceae
Rubiaceae
Ruppiaceae
Rutaceae
Rutenbergiaceae
Sabiaceae
Saccolomataceae
Salicaceae
Salvadoraceae
Salviniaceae
Santalaceae
Sapindaceae
Sapotaceae
Sarcobataceae
Sarcolaenaceae
Sarraceniaceae
Saururaceae
Saxifragaceae
Scapaniaceae
Scheuchzeriaceae
Schisandraceae
Schistochilaceae
Schistostegaceae
Schizaeaceae
Schlegeliaceae
Schoepfiaceae
Sciadopityaceae
Scorpidiaceae
Scrophulariaceae
Selaginellaceae
Seligeriaceae
Sematophyllaceae
Serpotortellaceae
Setchellanthaceae
Simaroubaceae
Simmondsiaceae
Siparunaceae
Sladeniaceae
Smilacaceae
Solanaceae
Sorapillaceae
Sphaerocarpaceae
Sphaerosepalaceae
Sphagnaceae
Sphenocleaceae
Spiridentaceae
Splachnaceae
Splachnobryaceae
Stachyuraceae
Staphyleaceae
Stegnospermataceae
Stemonaceae
Stemonuraceae
Stereophyllaceae
Stilbaceae
Strasburgeriaceae
Strelitziaceae
Stylidiaceae
Styracaceae
Surianaceae
Symplocaceae
Takakiaceae
Talinaceae
Tamaricaceae
Tapisciaceae
Targioniaceae
Taxaceae
Tecophilaeaceae
Tectariaceae
Tetrachondraceae
Tetramelaceae
Tetrameristaceae
Tetraphidaceae
Thamnobryaceae
Theaceae
Theliaceae
Thelypteridaceae
Thomandersiaceae
Thuidiaceae
Thurniaceae
Thymelaeaceae
Thyrsopteridaceae
Ticodendraceae
Timmiaceae
Tofieldiaceae
Torricelliaceae
Tovariaceae
Trachypodaceae
Treubiaceae
Trichocoleaceae
Trichotemnomataceae
Trigoniaceae
Trimeniaceae
Triuridaceae
Trochodendraceae
Tropaeolaceae
Typhaceae
Ulmaceae
Urticaceae
Vahliaceae
Vandiemeniaceae
Velloziaceae
Verbenaceae
Vetaformaceae
Violaceae
Viridivelleraceae
Vitaceae
Vivianiaceae
Vochysiaceae
Wardiaceae
Welwitschiaceae
Wiesnerellaceae
Winteraceae
Woodsiaceae
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Xeronemataceae
Xyridaceae
Zamiaceae
Zingiberaceae
Zosteraceae
Zygophyllaceae