In plant taxonomy
, the name commelinids
(plural, not capitalised) is used by the APG II system
for a clade
within the monocots
, which in its turn is a clade within the angiosperms
. The commelinids are the only clade that the APG II has named within the monocots, the remaining monocots are a paraphyletic
unit, occasionally referred to as the "basal monocots".
The commelinids of APG II (2003) contain basically the same plants as the commelinoids of the earlier APG system (1998).
- clade commelinids:
- :: family Dasypogonaceae
- : order Arecales (palms)
- : order Commelinales (spiderwort, water hyacinth)
- : order Poales (grasses, rushes, many crops such as rice, wheat, maize, sugar cane, pineapple)
- : order Zingiberales (including ginger, banana)