Centrospermae is a descriptive botanical name, published in 1878 by
Eichler, meaning "with the seed in the center", referring to the free
(central) placentation. It was used in the
Engler system and the
Wettstein system) for an order of flowering plants.
In its circumscription,
Centrospermae corresponds fairly closely to
Caryophyllales in the system of Cronquist. In the APG III
system, and in later versions of the Kubitzki system, Caryophyllales
is defined to include much more than Centrospermae.
Molecular phylogenetic studies have shown that
monophyletic. It is equivalent to a clade known as the core
Caryophyllales, whenever the latter is defined to exclude the families
Physenaceae and Asteropeiaceae.
^ Samuel F. Brockington, Roolse Alexandre, Jeremy Ramdial, Michael J.
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