Taxonomy and Geographical Distribution of CAM Plants

  • M. Kluge
  • I. P. Ting
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 30)


Crassulacean Acid Metabolism has been documented in at least 18 flowering plant families (Table 1.1). As of 1977, there were recorded in the literature 109 genera and over 300 species of flowering plants (cf. Black and Williams, 1976; Szarsk and Ting, 1977) with CAM. The largest and most important CAM families are the Cactaceae, the Crassulaceae, the Euphorbiaceae, the Aizoaceae, and perhaps the Liliaceae, especially if Agavaceae are included with the lilies. The epiphytic forms of the Bromeliaceae and the Orchidaceae make these families important.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kluge
    • 1
  • I. P. Ting
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für BotanikTechnische HochschuleDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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