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Classification Information

This classification of Zantedeschia aethiopica is as follows:

 

Domain Eukarya - Eukaryote
Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Phylum Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae Arum family
Genus Zantedeschia
Species aethiopica

Eukarya- The calla lily falls into the domain Eukarya because it has complex cells that contain features a membrane bound nucleus that contains the genetic material for the cell, Eukaryotes also have other membrane bound organelles that prokaryotes do not have.

Plantae- The calla lily is placed into the plant kingdom for many reasons.  A few distinctions that help place it in the plant kingdom include cell walls, chloroplasts, and the process of photosynthesis

Magnoliophyta- The calla lily is classified as a flowering plant because of many of the structures that it contains and uses.  The calla lillies have stamens, carpels, the male gametophyte is pollen and the female gametophyte is the seed.  It is distinguishable from other plants because it has an enclosed seed (not naked like gymosperms for example).

Liliopsida- The calla lily fits into this group because it has one cotyledon or embryonic leaf in it's seed.

Arales-

Araceae- The calla lily is a member of the family araceae because it has a inflorescence that is surrounded or at least partially surrounded by a spathe.

Zantedeschia- The calla lily is in the genus zantedeschia because it produces a large spathe.

Aethiopica- The calla lily is distinguished because of color, size, and hardiness, along with many other specific characteristics.

 

 

 

 

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