Scabiosa ochroleuca
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
clade: Angiosperms
clade: Eudicots
clade: Asterids
clade: Euasterids II
Order: Dipsacales

Adoxaceae (moschatel family)
Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family)
Dipsacaceae (teasel family)
Linnaeaceae (twinflower family)
Valerianaceae (valerian family)

The Dipsacales are an order of flowering plants, included within the asterid group of dicotyledons.

Under the Cronquist system, the order included Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacaceae, and Valerianaceae. Under the more recent Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG II) system, the circumscription of the order is much the same but the families are circumscribed differently. APG includes Adoxaceae and a broadly circumscribed Caprifoliaceae, the latter including the alternatively acceptable families Diervillaceae, Dipsacaceae, Linnaeaceae, Morinaceae, and Valerianaceae.

Under the APG II definition some well-known members of Dipsacales are honeysuckle, elder, viburnum, and valerian.

A few other families may also belong near this order. These include the Columelliaceae, Paracryphiaceae, and Sphenostemonaceae.

The evolutionary taxonomy of Dipsacales:




  • Abelia: 30 species
  • Dipelta: 4 species
  • Kolkwitzia (Beautybush): 1 species
  • Linnaea (Twinflower): 1 species





  • Bell, C. D., E. J. Edwards, S. T. Kim, & M. J. Donoghue. 2001. Dipsacales phylogeny based on chloroplast DNA sequences. Harvard Papers in Botany 6:481-499.
  • Donoghue, M. J., C. D. Bell, & R. C. Winkworth. 2003. The evolution of reproductive characters in Dipsacales. International Journal of Plant Sciences 164:S453-S464

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