Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Viburnaceae Rafinesque. Viburnum Family.

Key to Viburnaceae

A family of about 5 genera and about 175-210 species, shrubs, small trees, and herbs (here interpreted as including Sambucus and Viburnum), mainly of the Northern Hemisphere. There now appears to be little doubt that Sambucus and Viburnum are more naturally placed in a separate family, in contrast to their traditional placement in the Caprifoliaceae (Backlund & Bittrich in Kadereit & Bittrich 2016; Zhang et al. 2003; Eriksson & Donoghue 1997). The correct name for that segregate family has been in dispute, but the failure of a 'super-conservation' proposal for Adoxaceae means that Viburnaceae is the correct name (Wilson 2016).

Ref: Backlund & Bittrich In Kadereit & Bittrich (2016); Ferguson (1966a); Wilson (2016). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sambucus racemosa, Craggy Dome, Blue Ridge Parkway, Buncombe County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷