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Temporal range: late Cretaceous–Recent
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Fagus sylvatica
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Clade: Fabids
Order: Fagales
Engl. [1]
  • Betulales Martius
  • Carpinales Döll
  • Casuarinales Berchtold & J. Presl
  • Casuarinanae Reveal & Doweld
  • Corylales Dumortier
  • Faganae Takhtajan
  • Juglandales Berchtold & J. Presl
  • Juglandanae Reveal
  • Juglandineae Thorne & Reveal
  • Myricales Martius
  • Myricineae Thorne & Reveal
  • Nothofagales Doweld
  • Quercales Burnett
  • Rhoipteleales Reveal

The Fagales are an order of flowering plants, including some of the best-known trees. The order name is derived from genus Fagus, beeches. They belong among the rosid group of dicotyledons. The families and genera currently included are as follows:


The older Cronquist system only included four families (Betulaceae, Corylaceae, Fagaceae, Ticodendraceae; Corylaceae now being included within Betulaceae); this arrangement is followed by, for example, the World Checklist of selected plant families. [2] The other families were split into three different orders, placed among the Hamamelidae. The Casuarinales comprised the single family Casuarinaceae, the Juglandales comprised the Juglandaceae and Rhoipteleaceae, and the Myricales comprised the remaining forms (plus Balanops ). The change is due to studies suggesting the Myricales, so defined, are paraphyletic to the other two groups.


Modern molecular phylogenetics suggest the following relationships: [1]

Cucurbitales  (outgroup)









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