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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Corsiaceae
Genera: ArachnitisCorsiaCorsiopsis

Corsiaceae Becc. (1878). Malesia 1: 238. ; nom. cons.
Typus: Corsia Becc. Malesia 1: 238. (1878)

Primary references

Beccari, O. (1878) Malesia, raccolta d'osservazioni lese e papuano 1.

Additional references

Neinhuis, C. & Ibisch, P.L. (1998) Corsiaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Lilianae (excluding Orchidaceae) 198-201.
Zhang, D., Saunders, R.M.K. & Hu, C.-M. (1999) Corsiopsis chinensis gen. et sp. nov. (Corsiaceae): First Record of the Family in Asia. Systematic Botany 24, 311-314.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Corsiaceae in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 20. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Corsiaceae in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Nov. 20. Reference page. 2013. Corsiaceae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Sept. 16.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Corsiaceae. Published online. Accessed: 16 Sept. 2013.

Vernacular names
latviešu: adatorhideju dzimta
中文: 白玉簪科

Corsiaceae is a family of monocotyledonous flowering plants. The APG II system (2003) treats the family in the order Liliales, in the clade monocots. This is a slight change from the APG system, of 1998, which left the family unplaced as to order, but did assign it also to the monocots.


The family is usually taken to include three genera, Corsia, Corsiopsis, and Arachnitis with a total of 27 known species.[2] As the members of this family are achlorophyllous non-autotrophic herbs (i.e. they are not green, and do not photosynthesize) they have sometimes been included in the family Burmanniaceae which, however, according to APG II is not even in the same order. The APG companion site cites a reference which suggests the family should consist of Corsia only, with Arachnitis better placed nearer to family Burmanniaceae. Corsiopsis, like Arachnitis a monotypic genus, has been described recently.
Genera and species
Corsia ornata, Bird's Head Peninsula, Indonesia

Arachnitis Phil., 1864
Arachnitis uniflora
Corsia Becc., 1877
Corsia acuminata
Corsia arfakensis
Corsia boridiensis
Corsia brassii
Corsia clypeata
Corsia cordata
Corsia cornuta
Corsia crenata
Corsia cyclopensis
Corsia dispar
Corsia haianjensis
Corsia huonensis
Corsia lamellata
Corsia merimantaensis
Corsia ornata
Corsia papuana
Corsia purpurata
Corsia pyramidata
Corsia resiensis
Corsia torricellensis
Corsia triceratops
Corsia unguiculata
Corsia viridopurpurea
Corsia wiakabui
Corsia wubungu
Corsiopsis D.X.Zhang, R.M.K.Saunders & C.M.Hu, 1999
Corsiopsis chinensis


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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.


Neyland, R.; M. Hennigan (2003). "A phylogeny inferred from large-subunit (26S) ribosome DNA sequences suggests that the Corsiaceae are polyphyletic". New Zealand J. Bot. 41: 1–11. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2003.9512828.
Ibisch, Pierre L.; Neinhuis, Christoph; Rojas, N Patricia (29 November 1996). "On the Biology, Biogeography, and Taxonomy of Arachnitis Phil. nom. cons. (Corsiaceae) in Respect to a New Record from Bolivia". Willdenowia. 26 (1/2): 321–332. doi:10.3372/wi.26.2616. JSTOR 3997251.
Merckx, Vincent S. F. T.; Freudenstein, John V.; Kissling, Jonathan; et al. (2013). "Taxonomy and Classification". In Merckx, Vincent (ed.). Mycoheterotrophy: the biology of plants living on fungi. New York: Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 19–101. ISBN 978-1-4614-5208-9.

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