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The Alliaceae are closely related to two other families in the order Asparagales, the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae) and the family Agapanthaceae, which includes the single genus Agapanthus. Based on the close relationship between the three families, the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group recognizes the alternative of including the Amaryllidaceae and the Agapanthaceae in family Alliaceae.
Several genera that were historically classified in the Alliaceae, including Androstephium, Bessera , Bloomeria , Brodiaea, Dandya , Dichellostemma , Milla, Petronymphe , Triteleia, and Triteleiopsis , are now increasingly thought to represent a separate family, Themidaceae.
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