Distribution of Asparagaceae:
The asparagus family (Asparagaceae) comprises about 153 genera and some 2,500 species of flowering plants. Distributed nearly worldwide, the family is extremely diverse, and its members are united primarily by genetic and evolutionary relationships rather than morphological similarities. In India 332 species belonging to 35 genera are found.
Economic Importance of Asparagaceae:
Affinities of Asparagaceae:
The family Asparagaceae show close affinities of the hyacinth family (Hyacinthaceae) and the agave family (Agavaceae) to the Asparagaceae. For this reason today belong so different genera such as Asparagus, Convallaria, Dracaena, plantain lilies (Hosta), hyacinths (Hyacinthus), squill (Scilla), agaves and Yucca to the family described here. The "palm lily" or "tree lily" called ornamental or houseplant (Yucca gloriosa) does not belong to the palm family (Arecaceae) nor to the lily family (Liliaceae) but is now one of the Asparagaceae. There it belongs to the subfamily Agavoideae.