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The Dioscoreales are an order of monocotyledonous flowering plants in modern classification systems, such as the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group and the Angiosperm Phylogeny Web. Within the monocots Dioscoreales are grouped in the lilioid monocots where they are in a sister group relationship with the Pandanales. Of necessity the Dioscoreales contain the family Dioscoreaceae which includes the yam, used as an important food source in many regions around the globe. Older systems tended to place all lilioid monocots with reticulate veined leaves in Dioscoreales; as circumscribed by phylogenetic analysis using combined morphology and molecular methods, Dioscreales contains many reticulate veined vines in Dioscoraceae, it includes the myco-heterotrophic Burmanniaceae and the autotrophic Nartheciaceae. The order consists of 22 genera and about 850 species. Dioscoreales herbaceous forest floor plants, they may be saprophytic. Synapomorphies include tuberous roots, glandular hairs, seed coat characteristics and the presence of calcium oxalate crystals.

Other characteristics of the order include the presence of saponin steroids, annular vascular bundles that are found in both the stem and leaf. The leaves are unsheathed at the base, have a distinctive petiole and reticulate veined lamina. Alternatively they may be scale-like with a sheathed base; the flowers are actinomorphic, may be bisexual or dioecious, while the flowers or inflorescence bear glandular hairs. The perianth may be conspicuous or reduced and the style is short with well developed style branches; the tepals persist in the development of the fruit, a dry capsule or berry. In the seed, the endotegmen is tanniferous and the embryo short. All of the species except the genera placed in Nartheciaceae express simultaneous microsporogenesis. Plants in Nartheciaceae show successive microsporogenesis, one of the traits indicating that the family is sister to all the other members included in the order. For the early history from Lindley onwards, see Caddick et al. Table 1, Caddick et al. Table 1 and Table 2 in Bouman.

The taxonomic classification of Dioscoreales has been complicated by the presence of a number of morphological features reminiscent of the dicotyledons, leading some authors to place the order as intermediate between the monocotyledons and the dicotyledons. While Lindley did not use the term "Dioscoreales", he placed the family Dioscoraceae together with four other families in what he referred to as an Alliance called Dictyogens, he reflected the uncertainty as to the place of this Alliance by placing it as a class of its own between Endogens and Exogens The botanical authority is given to von Martius by APG for his description of the Dioscoreae family or Ordo, while other sources cite Hooker for his use of the term "Dioscorales" in 1873 with a single family, Dioscoreae. However, in his more definitive work, the Genera plantara, he placed Dioscoraceae in the Epigynae "Series". Although Charles Darwin's Origin of Species preceded Bentham and Hooker's publication, the latter project was commenced much earlier and George Bentham was sceptical of Darwinism.

The new phyletic approach changed the way that taxonomists considered plant classification, incorporating evolutionary information into their schemata, but this did little to further define the circumscription of Dioscoreaceae. The major works in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century employing this approach were in the German literature. Authors such as Eichler and Wettstein placed this family in the Liliiflorae, a major subdivision of monocotyledons, it remained to Hutchinson to resurrect the Dioscoreales to group Dioscoreaceae and related families together. Hutchinson's circumscription of Dioscoreales included three other families in addition to Dioscoreaceae, Stenomeridaceae and Roxburghiaceae. Of these only Trichopodaceae was included in the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification, but was subsumed into Dioscoraceae. Stenomeridaceae, as Stenomeris was included in Dioscoreaceae as subfamily Stenomeridoideae, the remaining genera being grouped in subfamily Dioscoreoideae. Roxburghiaceae on the other hand was segregated in the sister order Pandanales as Stemonaceae.

Most taxonomists in the twentieth century recognised Dioscoreales as a distinct order, but demonstrated wide variations in its composition. Dahlgren, in the second version of his taxonomic classification raised the Liliiflorae to a superorder and placed Dioscoreales as an order within it. In his system, Dioscoreales contained only three families, Dioscoreaceae and Trilliaceae; the latter two families had been treated as a separate order such as Huber. The APG would assign these to Pandanales and Liliales respectively. Dahlgren's construction of Dioscoreaceae included the Stenomeridaceae and Trichopodaceae, doubting these were distinct, Croomiaceae in Stemonaceae. Furthermore, he expressed doubts about the order's homogeneity Trilliaceae; the Dioscoreales at that time were marginally distinguishable from the Asparagales. In his examination of Huber's Stemonales, he found that the two constituent families had as close an affinity to Dioscoreaceae as to each other, hence included them, he considered rela

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