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A family of tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs in which the leaves are opposite or alternate, with stipules. The flowers have 4 or 5 free sepals and petals. The petals are often frilled, or absent. There is a disc with many stamens, and anthers with pores. The ovary is superior. The fruit is a capsule or drupe. There are 11 genera, with 220 species.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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