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Corsia spp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Corsiaceae

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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.


  • Genera 1
    • Genera and species 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


The family is usually taken to include three genera, Corsia, Corsiopsis, and Arachnitis. As the members of this family are 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


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121.  
  • 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.  

External links

  • Corsiaceae in L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz (1992 onwards), The families of flowering plants.
  • NCBI Taxonomy Browser
  • links at CSDL, Texas
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