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A family of herbs, with a few shrubs and trees, in which the leaves are opposite or whorled and the flowers regular, with 4–6 (or no) free sepals and petals, 4–12 stamens, and a 2–6-celled, superior ovary. The fruit is a capsule. There are 26 genera, with about 580 species, with a pantropical distribution, plus a few temperate species.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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