Plant Families by Scientific Name

Below is a list of plant families by scientific name with the corresponding common name used in the Family List and on the detail pages. Click on the common name to go to the list of plants in the family.

In recent years there has been some quite drastic changes in the classification of the members of plant families and the families themselves. For example, the Penstemon genus has been moved to the Plantain family and Paintbrushes are now Broomrapes, the Agave, Goosefoot, Maple, Waterleaf and Wintergreen families have been absorbed into other families. Taxonomy is an evolving science; hard for an amateur to keep up with. Here is a list of changes affecting flora on this website. If you want to know more and see all the changes go to this Wikipedia article.

AdoxaceaeElderberry
AlliaceaeOnion
AmaranthaceaeAmaranth
AnacardiaceaeSumac
ApiaceaeParsley
ApocynaceaeDogbane
AsparagaceaeAsparagus
AsteraceaeSunflower or Aster
BerberidaceaeBarberry
BetulaceaeBirch
BignoniaceaeBignonia
BoraginaceaeBorage
BrassicaceaeMustard
CactaceaeCactus
CampanulaceaeBellflower
CannabaceaeHemp
CaprifoliaceaeHoneysuckle
CaryophyllaceaePink
CelastraceaeStaff Tree
CleomaceaeCleome
CommelinaceaeSpiderwort
ConvolvulaceaeMorning Glory
CornaceaeDogwood
CrassulaceaeStonecrop
CruciferaeMustard
CucurbitaceaeGourd
CupressaceaeCypress
CyperaceaeSedge
CystopteridaceaeBladder Fern
DennstaedtiaceaeBracken
DryopteridaceaeWood Fern
ElaeagnaceaeOleaster
EphedraceaeJointfir
EricaceaeHeather
EquisetaceaeHorsetail
EuphorbiaceaeSpurge
FabaceaePea
FagaceaeBeech
GentianaceaeGentian
GeraniaceaeGeranium
GrossulariaceaeGooseberry
HydrangeaceaeHydrangea
IridaceaeIris
JuncaceaeRush
LentihulariaceaeBladderwort
LamiaceaeMint
LiliaceaeLily
LinaceaeFlax
LoasaceaeStickleaf
MalvaceaeMallow
MelanthiaceaeFalse Hellebore
Montiaceae Miner's Lettuce
NyctaginaceaeFour O'Clock
NymphaeaceaeWaterlily
OleaceaeOlive
OnagraceaeEvening Primrose
OrchidaceaeOrchid
OrobanchaceaeBroomrape
OxalidaceaeWood Sorrel
PapaveraceaePoppy
Parnassiaceae Grass of Parnassus
PhrymaceaeLopseed
PinaceaePine
PlantaginaceaePlantain
PoaceaeGrass
PolemoniaceaePhlox
PolygonaceaeBuckwheat
PortulacaceaePurslane
PrimulaceaePrimrose
PteridaceaeMaidenhair Fern
RanunculaceaeButtercup
RhamnaceaeBuckthorn
RosaceaeRose
RubiaceaeMadder
RutaceaeRue
SalicaceaeWillow
SantalaceaeSandalwood
SapindaceaeSoapberry
SarcobataceaeGreasewood
SaxifragaceaeSaxifrage
ScrophulariaceaeFigwort
SolanaceaeNightshade
TamaricaseaeTamarisk
TyphaceaeCattail
UlmaceaeElm
UrticaceaeNettle
ValerianaceaeValerian
VerbenaceaeVerbena
ViolaceaeViolet
VitaceaeGrape
ZygophyllaceaeCaltrop

Family List