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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Butomaceae
Genus: Butomus

Butomaceae Mirb., 1808


Mirbel, C.F.B. de 1804. Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, des plantes 8: 194.
Cook, C.D.K. 1998. Butomaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Alismatanae and Commelinanae (except Gramineae) 100-102.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Butomaceae in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Sept. 16. Reference page. 2013. Butomaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Sept. 16.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Butomaceae. Published online. Accessed: 16 Sept. 2013.
Lohmueller, Friedrich A. The Botanical System of the Plants [1]

Vernacular names
العربية: لبوطية
asturianu: Butomacees
azərbaycanca: Suoxukimilər
български: Водолюбови
čeština: Šmelovité
dansk: Brudelys-familien
Deutsch: Schwanenblumengewächse
English: Flowering-rush family
español: Butomáceas
eesti: Luigelillelised
فارسی: تیره هزارنی
suomi: Sarjarimpikasvit
français: Butomacées
hornjoserbsce: Syćowcowe rostliny
magyar: Virágkákafélék
Nederlands: Zwanenbloemfamilie
norsk: Brudelysfamilien
polski: Łączniowate
русский: Сусаковые
slovenčina: Okrasovité
svenska: Blomvassväxter
українська: Сусакові
中文: 花蔺科

Butomus is the only known genus in the plant family Butomaceae, native to Europe and Asia. It is considered invasive in some parts of the United States.[3]


The Butomaceae family has been recognized by most taxonomists as a plant family; it is sometimes called the "flowering-rush family".

The APG II system, of 2003 (unchanged from the APG system, 1998), also recognizes such a family, and places it in the order Alismatales, in the clade monocots. At the ranks of family and order, this is the same placement as in the Cronquist system. However, Cronquist assumed a much smaller order and assigned the order to subclass Alismatidae, in class Liliopsida [=monocotyledons].

The family counts one species, Butomus umbellatus, or two according to some authorities.

Butomus umbellatus L. - China, Central Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Russia, Europe; naturalized in North America[4][5]

Butomus umbellatus var. junceus (Turcz.) Micheli - Central Asia (also known as Butomus junceus Turcz.)[6]


Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (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, archived from the original on 2017-05-25, retrieved 2010-12-10
illustration from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
"Flowering rush - Invasive species: Minnesota DNR". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
"Butomus umbellatus in Flora of China @". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
"Butomaceae in Flora of North America @". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
"Search results — The Plant List". Retrieved 2017-01-31.

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