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Orders of Plants List

Below is a list of the Orders of Plant Life. Order can be a confusing term, in biology, it refers to a group that contains the families. Orders usually have between 3-20 Families. Some Orders contain 10's of thousands of species, others like the Ginko, have only one.

Every type of seed bearing plant can fit into one of these categories.

Within each Order contains families.

Click on the Order name to list all of the families contained in that Order. Listed next to each Order is the approximate number of species.

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Species per Order
Title # Species # Families
Acorales     Acorales ( 1 ) 1
Alismatales     Alismatales ( 14 ) 4,500
Amborellales     Amborellales ( 1 ) 1
Apiales     Apiales ( 7 ) 4,000
Aquifoliales     Aquifoliales ( 5 ) 650
Arecales     Arecales ( 1 ) 2,600
Asparagales     Asparagales ( 26 ) 5,000
Asterales     Asterales ( 11 ) 27,790
Austrobaileyales     Austrobaileyales ( 3 ) 100
Berberidopsidales     Berberidopsidales ( 2 ) 4
Brassicales     Brassicales ( 16 ) 4,450
Buxales     Buxales ( 1 ) 110
Canellales     Canellales ( 2 ) 136
Caryophyllales     Caryophyllales ( 33 ) 11,155
Celastrales     Celastrales ( 3 ) 1,372
Ceratophyllales     Ceratophyllales ( 1 ) 30
Chloranthales     Chloranthales ( 1 ) 50
Commelinales     Commelinales ( 5 ) 768
Cornales     Cornales ( 7 ) 600
Crossosomatales     Crossosomatales ( 7 ) 50
Cucurbitales     Cucurbitales ( 7 ) 2,300
Cycadales     Cycadales ( 3 ) 65
Dioscoreales     Dioscoreales ( 5 ) 1,037
Dipsacales     Dipsacales ( 7 ) 1,700
Ericales     Ericales ( 33 ) 8,000
Fabales     Fabales ( 4 ) 20,055
Fabales     Fabales ( 4 ) 20,000
Fagales     Fagales ( 8 ) 1,200
Garryales     Garryales ( 2 ) 18
Gentianales     Gentianales ( 5 ) 16,637
Geraniales     Geraniales ( 4 ) 900
Ginkgoales     Ginkgoales ( 1 ) 1
Gnetales     Gnetales ( 1 ) 35
Gunnerales     Gunnerales ( 2 ) 50
Lamiales     Lamiales ( 21 ) 12,000
Laurales     Laurales ( 7 ) 2,800
Liliales     Liliales ( 11 ) 1,558
Magnoliales     Magnoliales ( 6 ) 2,500
Malpighiales     Malpighiales ( 42 ) 16,000
Malvales     Malvales ( 9 ) 6,000
Myrtales     Myrtales ( 14 ) 11,000
Nymphaeales     Nymphaeales ( 3 ) 74
Oxalidales     Oxalidales ( 6 ) 1,000
Pandanales     Pandanales ( 5 ) 1,345
Petrosaviales     Petrosaviales ( 1 ) 4
Pinales     Pinales ( 8 ) 700
Piperales     Piperales ( 4 ) 4,090
Poales     Poales ( 18 ) 18,000
Proteales     Proteales ( 3 ) 1,600
Ranunculales     Ranunculales ( 10 ) 3,500
Rosales     Rosales ( 10 ) 7,700
Sabiales     Sabiales ( 1 ) 160
Santalales     Santalales ( 5 ) 1,300
Sapindales     Sapindales ( 9 ) 5,700
Saxifragales     Saxifragales ( 15 ) 2,470
Solanales     Solanales ( 5 ) 4,200
Trochodendrales     Trochodendrales ( 2 ) 2
Vitales     Vitales ( 1 ) 850
Zingiberales     Zingiberales ( 8 ) 2,100
Zygophyllales     Zygophyllales ( 2 ) 267



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