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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Amaranthaceae s.l.
Cladus: Chenopodiaceae s.str.
Subfamilia: Betoideae
Genus: Acroglochin

Species: A. persicarioides

Names in synonymy: A. chenopodioides – A. muliensis – A. multiflora – A. obtusifolia – A. schraderiana
For Lecanocarpus: L. aristatus – L. cauliflorus – L. nepalensis
For Blitanthus: B. nepalensis

Note: phylogenetically isolated, formerly included in Betoideae, probably to be classified as a subfamily of its own

Acroglochin Schrad., Cat. Hort. Goett. ex Schult. f. Mant. 1: 69. 227. (1822)

Type species: Acroglochin chenopodioides Schrad. = Acroglochin persicarioides (Poir.) Moq.


Lecanocarpus Nees, Pl. Hort. Bonn. Icon. 4. (1824)
Type species: Lecanocarpus cauliflorus (Link) Nees, T.Nees & Sinning
Blitanthus Rchb., Cat. Hort. Dresden (1824); Handb. 238 (1837).
Type species: Blitanthus nepalensis Rchb.

Primary references

Schultes, J.A. 1822. Mantissa in volumen primum. Systematis vegetabilium caroli a Linné : ex editione Joan. Jac. Roemer et Jos. Aug. Schultes. Stuttgardtiae: J.G. Cottae. BHL Reference page. : 69, 227.
Nees von Esenbeck, C.G.D., Nees von Esenbeck, T.F.L. & Sinning, W. 1824. Plantarum, in Horto Medico Bonnensi Nutritarum, Icones Selectae. Manip. I. (online) Reference page. : 4
Reichenbach, H.G.L. 1837. Handbuch des natürlichen Pflanzensystems nach allen seinen Classen, Ordnungen und Familien. Dresden: Arnold. BHL Reference page. : 238

Additional references

Kadereit, G., Hohmann, S. & Kadereit, J.W. 2006. A synopsis of Chenopodiaceae subfam. Betoideae and notes on the taxonomy of Beta. Willdenowia 36(1): 9–19. DOI: 10.3372/wi.36.36101 Open access. Reference page.
Hedge, I.C. 1997. Acroglochin. In:
Hedge, I.C., Akhani, H., Freitag, H., Kothe-Heinrich, G., Podlech, D., Rilke, S. & Uotila, P. 1997. Chenopodiaceae. In: Rechinger, K.H. (ed.): Flora Iranica Vol. 172. 371 pp., 212 tab., Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt Graz. Reference page. : 19.
Freitag, H., Hedge, I.C, Jafri, S.M.H, Kothe-Heinrich, G., Omer, S. & Uotila, P. 2001. Chenopodiaceae. In: Ali, S.I. (ed.): Flora of Pakistan 204. 217 pp., Department of Botany/Missouri Botanical Press, Karachi/St. Louis, ISBN 1-930723-10-5 eFloras. Reference page. : Acroglochin.
Zhu, G., Mosyakin, S.L., & Clemants, S.E.
'eFloras 2008. Acroglochin in Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Acroglochin in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Nov. 27. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2019. Acroglochin. 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. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Nov. 27. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acroglochin. Published online. Accessed: 27 Nov. 2019. 2019. Acroglochin. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 27 Nov. 2019.

Acroglochin is a genus of flowering plants in the family Amaranthaceae.[1]

The genus Acroglochin was first established in 1822 by Heinrich Schrader.[2] Acroglochin was usually classified in subfamily Betoideae, because like all other Betoideae, the fruits are circumscissile capsules. But it proved to be phylogenetically isolated. The relationships are uncertain, it may probably be classified as a subfamily of its own.[3] Molecular research in 2016 provided some evidence for the inclusion in subfamily Corispermoideae.[4]

As of April 2022, Plants of the World Online accepted three species:[1]

Acroglochin muliensis (Soong) G.L.Chu
Acroglochin multiflora (Soong) G.L.Chu
Acroglochin persicarioides (Poir.) Moq.


"Acroglochin Schrad.", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2022-04-08
Schrader, H.A. (1822), Mantissa in volumen primum systematis vegetabilium Caroli a Linné 1: 69, First description of Acroglochin
Kadereit, G., Hohmann, S. & Kadereit, J.W. (2006), "A synopsis of Chenopodiaceae subfam. Betoideae and notes on the taxonomy of Beta", Willdenowia 36, p. 9-19
Romeiras, M.M., Vieira, A., Silva, D.N., Moura, M., Santos-Guerra, A., Batista, D., Duarte, M.C., & Paulo, O.S. (2016), "Evolutionary and Biogeographic Insights on the Macaronesian Beta-Patellifolia Species (Amaranthaceae) from a Time-Scaled Molecular Phylogeny", PLoS One 11(3): e0152456, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152456

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