Acorales (Sweet Flag)


The Acorales contains only one family, the Acoraceae, with only one genus, Acorus, with two species. The species Acorus calamus and Acorus gramineus are both medicinally and horticulturally of importance.

Keywords: Acoraceae; Acorus; mdicinal pants; ornamentals


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Further Reading

Bogner J and Mayo SJ (1998) Acoraceae. In: Kubitzki (ed.) The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, vol. 4, pp. 7–11. Berlin: Springer.

Budantsev LY and Golovneva LB (2009) Florulae fossilis arcticae II, Paleogene flora od Spitsbergen. Russian Academy of Sciences, Komarov Botanical Institute. ( St. Petersburg), pp. 178–179, t. 95, 1–3. (In Russian).

Engler A (1905) Araceae – Pothoideae. In: Engler A (ed.) Das Pflanzenreich 4, vol. 23B, pp. 308–313. Leipzig: W Englemann.

Grayum MH (1987) A summary of evidence and arguments supporting the removal of Acorus from the Araceae. Taxon 36: 723–729.

Mayo SJ, Bogner J and Boyce PC (1997) The Genera of Araceae. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens.

Petersen G (1989) Cytology and systematics of Araceae. Nordic Journal of Botany 9: 119–166.

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Bogner, Josef(May 2011) Acorales (Sweet Flag). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003701.pub2]