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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Poales

The Poales are an order of monocot flowering plants, including the grasses and their relatives. This group basically corresponds to the order Restionales in Cronquist's classification, except that he placed the grass family itself (the Poaceae) in a different order, the Cyperales. Since then it has generally been agreed that the Poaceae belong here, however, and in fact a few authors have removed the Restionaceae[?] instead.

Otherwise the composition of the order has been fairly stable. By far, the most economically important family is the Poaceae, the grass or corn family, including barley, maize, millet, rice, and wheat.

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