|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Caryophyllidae||Cacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts|
|Order||Caryophyllales||Includes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants|
|Family||Polygonaceae||Knotweed or smartweed family|
|Genus||Eriogonum||From Greek erion, “wool,” and gonu, “joint or knee,” for the hairy or woolly joints in the stems of some of these species|
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Eriogonum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Jun 2010.
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