Acanthocarpus (plant)

Acanthocarpus is a genus placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Lomandroideae, in the APG III system of classification.[1] It has been difficult to place at family rank, being placed at various times in Dasypogonaceae as well as the Asparagaceae.[2] The entire genus is endemic to the State of Western Australia.[3]

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Acanthocarpus preissii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Genus: Acanthocarpus
  • Lomandra sect. Acanthocarpus (Lehm.) Kuntze

Species include:[4]

  1. Acanthocarpus canaliculatus A.S.George
  2. Acanthocarpus humilis A.S.George
  3. Acanthocarpus parviflorus A.S.George
  4. Acanthocarpus preissii Lehm.
  5. Acanthocarpus robustus A.S.George
  6. Acanthocarpus rupestris A.S.George
  7. Acanthocarpus verticillatus A.S.George
formerly included[3]
  1. Acanthocarpus fimbriatus - Chamaexeros fimbriata
  2. Acanthocarpus mucronatus - Lomandra mucronata
  3. Acanthocarpus serra - Chamaexeros serra


  1. ^ Chase, M.W.; Reveal, J.L. & Fay, M.F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
  2. ^ "Asparagales". Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  3. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ "Acanthocarpus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-06-16.