Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature
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Wordplay: Consonants


Diooeae (a tribe of cycads); -----
Aizoaceae (family of African succulents),
  Aloeaceae (a family divided from Liliaceae in some classifications); -----
Aecidiaceae (plant family (synonym?)),
  Paeoniaceae (family of flowering plants),
  Saurauiaceae (Chinese gooseberry family, synonym of Actinidiaceae); -----
Fouquieriaceae (family of arid N. American flowering plants) - Longest with 1, 2, 3, 4 consonants.
Coccaceae (bacteria), Nioniinae (cicadellid) - Longest with 1 different consonant.
Omamima (Jurassic beetle) - One consonant alternating with vowels.
Araucariaceae (southern hemisphere gymnosperm family) - Longest with 2 different consonants.
Hantzschia (diatom), Eschscholzia (poppy), Eleutherodactylus karlschmidti (extinct tree frog), Rhododendron camptschaticum, - 6 consecutive consonants.
Schtschurowskia Regel & Schmalhausen, 1882 (Umbelliferae)
Scilla mischtschenkoana (white squill, a Russian ornamental plant) - 7 consecutive consonants. The "schtsch" transliterates a single Russian letter (Щ) which can be closely approximated with the SH sound.

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