Philydraceae is a family of flowering plants composed of three genera and a total of six known species.[3] Such a family has not been recognized by many taxonomists.

Philydrum lanuginosum[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Philydraceae
  • Helmholtzia F.Muell.
  • Philydrella Caruel
  • Philydrum Banks ex Gaertn.

The APG II system, of 2003 (unchanged from the APG system, of 1998), does recognize such a family and places it in the order Commelinales, in the clade commelinids, in the monocots. It consists of only very few species of perennial, tropical plants in Southeast Asia and Australia.

Helmholtzia glaberrima


  1. 1804 illustration by John Sims (1749-1831) - Curtis's botanical magazine vol. 19-20 tab. 783 (
  2. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  3. Christenhusz, M. J. M. & Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. Magnolia Press. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1.
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