Jan Scholten

English: Myrtle order.
Botany: single style; stamens incurved in bud; hypanthium; internal phloem; vestured pits.

In the Apg2 classification Myrtales was in a position between Fabidae and Malvidae, Geraniales was a early diverging lineage in Rosidae.
In the Apg3 classification Myrtales is together with Geraniales, placed in the Malvidae in the broad sense. They are just outside the core of Malvidae, as sister to them.
In the Plant theory Myrtales can be seen as Phase 1 in the Subclass Myrtidae. There is a theme of just being, a naïve expression of their own state, a lack of reflection. The placement of Vochysiaceae and Penaeaceae is tentative. It could be that Myrtaceae is better split in 2 families, one in Subphase 4 and the other in Subphase 5.

1. Lythraceae: they feel an outsider, as they are from a lower class; they feel that they have to find a place in the system.
2. Onagraceae: they have to work hard for their place, the more so due to cultural classes; they have a place but have to fight for it, or get overwhelmed in it.
3. Melastomataceae: they have their place, do a lot but then feel it is too much, that they get used.
4. Myrtaceae: they feel central in the system, which gives them safety but also responsibility for it; they keep on working for the group, as the special one.
5. Vochysiaceae: they feel limited and compressed by the group, wanting to be more special; they have a place but it is unsure, they get confused what to follow, their own impulse or that of others.
6. Combretaceae: they feel part of the system but think about leaving as it does not give them enough love and respect; they feel special, lazy, in an outsider position.
7. Penaeaceae: they feel that they can lose their place in the system, or that it can collapse entirely; they feel that they will be rejected if they will not be special.