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Keywords:

  • Apomorphies-;
  • Centrosperrnae-;
  • families-;
  • taxonomy.

BITTRICH, V. & HARTMANN, H. E. K., 1988. The Aizoacea—a new approach. The history of the Aizoaceae Rudolphi in its various circumscriptions is reviewed, and the monophyly of the Aizoaceae sensu stricto after exclusion of Molluginaceae is demonstrated. A subdivision of the family and the relevant synapomorphic character expressions are discussed. Five subfamilies are recognized, namely the Aizooideae, the Aptenioideae Schwantes ex Bittrich & H. E. K. Hartrnann, the Ruschioideae Schwantes ex Bittrich & H. E. K. Hartmann, the Sesuvioideae Lindley, and the Tetragonioideae Lindley. The position of the Aizoaceae sensu stricto within the Centrospermae is discussed.