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