Cactus Flower Eudicots - Clade

Flowering plants (Angiospermae alt Magnoliophyta) are known to have existed since more than 160 million years ago. Some branches, such as Nymphaeales (water lilys) and Magnoliids are from very early times and are called Basal Angiosperms. The Monocots (grasses, palms, etc.) appeared some time before 110 million years ago and are also sometimes called basal angiosperms. The Eudicots (means "true dicots") appeared around 110 million years ago. They now account for more than 70% of all flowering plants.

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Our classifications follow the APG III system (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group). Applying molecular analysis, the AGP system has caused a major upheaval in plant taxonomy. The APG divides this clade into "Basal Eudicots" and "Core Eudicots" but this technicality is irrelevant to culinary activities. Eudicots are such a large and confusing clade, even the APG folks are having a hard time organizing them, so some groups are labeled "clade", which means their rank is still uncertain. Some families aren't assigned to an Order yet, and some Orders aren't yet assigned to a Clade. With phylogeny in flux, different references may put the same plant in different families. Basically, the more certain we become of specific pieces, the more confusing the whole puzzle becomes.

Basal Eudicots - Clade
These plant show features more primitave than those of the Core Eudicots, thus are presumed to predate the Core Eudicots. Exact ancestries are highly uncertain due to extinct plants not yet identified in the fossil record. Non-edible Basal Eudicots are not listed here.

Core Eudicots   -   Clade
These are considered the more advanced Eudicots, probably having developed later than the Basal Eudicots. Relationships are incredibly complex here due to rapid evolution. In many cases there are gaps in our layout due to relationships still not resolved. Some of these gaps are from extinct plants not yet found in the fossil record. Non-edible Core Eudicots are not listed here.

Asterids   -   Clade

Core Eudicots   -   Non Astrid

  • Rosids   -   Clade   -   17 orders
    • Order Vitalis   -   Grapes
    • Order Zygophyllales   -   Desert Date
    • Order Oxalidales   -   Oxalis, Oca, Star Fruit, etc.
    • Order Malpighiales   -   Spurge, Mangosteen. Willows . . .
    • Order Fabales   -   Beans and related.
    • Order Rosales   -   Stone and Pome fruit, Berries, Mulberries, Hemp, Oleaster, Buckthorns, Nettles.
    • Order Fagales   -   Nut Trees
    • Order Cucurbitales   -   Cucumbers, Squash, Gourds, Melons
    • Order Myrtales   -   Okra, Chocolate, Cotton, etc.
    • Order Crossosomatales   -   Bladdernuts
    • Order Sapindales   -   Citrus, Cashews, Maples, Soapberries & more.
    • Order Brassicales   -   Cabbages, Turnips, Drumsticks, Papayas, etc.
    • Order Malvales -   -   Mallows and related.
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