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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Hypoxidaceae
Genera: CurculigoEmpodiumHypoxisPauridiaSinocurculigo

Hypoxidaceae R.Br. Voy. Terra Austral. 2: 576. (1814) nom. cons.

Type genus: Hypoxis L. Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 2: 972, 986, 1366. (1759)

Primary references

Brown, R. 1814. A Voyage to Terra Australis 2: 576.

Additional references

Lohmueller F.A. 2005. The Botanical System of the Plants[1]
Nordal, I. 1998. Hypoxidaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Lilianae (excluding Orchidaceae) 286-295.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Hypoxidaceae in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 23. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Hypoxidaceae. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 23. Reference page. 2022. Hypoxidaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 23 Jan 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Hypoxidaceae. Published online. Accessed: Jan 23 2022.

Vernacular names
català: Hipoxidàcies
čeština: Tvrzeňovité
English: Star-lily family
suomi: Iirikkikasvit
한국어: 노란별수선과
മലയാളം: ഹൈപ്പോക്സിഡേസീ
polski: Przyklękowate
русский: Гипоксисовые
svenska: Rosenblundsväxter
Tiếng Việt: Họ Hạ trâm
中文: 仙茅科

Hypoxidaceae is a family of flowering plants, placed in the order Asparagales of the monocots.[1]

The APG IV system of 2016 (unchanged from the 1998, 2003, and 2009 versions) recognizes this family.[2][1] The family consists of four genera totalling some 160 species.[3]

The members of the family are small to medium herbs, with grass-like leaves and an invisible stem, modified into a corm or a rhizome. The flowers are born on leafless shoots, also called scapes. The flowers are trimerous, radially symmetric. The ovary is inferior, developing into a capsule or a berry.

Curculin is a taste modifying sweet protein that was discovered and from the fruit of a plant in this family (Curculigo latifolia). Consuming it causes water to taste sweet for a duration.

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2016). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 181 (1): 1–20. doi:10.1111/boj.12385. ISSN 0024-4074.
Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (2009), "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 105–121, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x
Christenhusz, M. J. M.; Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1.

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