Superficially, Sweet Flag resembles cat tails but it is a member of the
Arum family. It derives it name from the sweet fragrance and flavor of
the roots which were used to make candy.
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On 26 Jun 2006 21:50:08 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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This interesting story probably could use some elaboration.
A longer, but still short, version:
Although long classified in the arum family Araceae, "Sweet Flag"
[_Acorus calamus_ and a few other species of Acorus] have been
shown by molecular phylogenetic studies to be extremely distant
from the true aroids.
_Acorus_ is now placed in its own family Acoraceae, which is alone
in its own order Acorales.
[In contrast, it turns out that the duckweeds, traditionally a
separate family Lemnaceae, do belong within the arum family]
Acorus/Acoraceae/Acorales is evidently a very isolated, ancient
lineage, and according to several studies represents the living
sister group to all other monocotyledons.
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