This family is composed of 75 genera and 1,300 species (Univ of Michigan Herbarium). They are very popular plants for ornamental purposes because of their attractive flowers. About 90 percent of the species are found in the New World.
Systematics: Flowers have clawed bases with glands at the back of the leaves, petals and sepals. There are distinctive malpighian hairs all over the plant as well.
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