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Solanaceae

Solanaceae is the Potato Family or the Nightshades Family of plants. It includes about 115 genera and about 2,678 species. Solanaceae is from the order of Solanales. Members are annual and perennial herbs, shrubs, trees, vines, and lianas. Solanaceae family includes not only ornamental plants but there are spices, foods, and agricultural crops. Many are toxic. Some of the better-known family members are eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, and bell peppers. ...

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Rubiaceae

Rubiaceae is also known as the Madder Family, Bedstraw Family of Coffee Family of plants. It is from the order of Gentianales. It includes trees, shrubs, herbs, and lianas. The Rubiaceae family has about 617 genera and about 13,548 species. It is diversely distributed however most of the members are concentrated in tropics and sub-tropics. Some of the better-known members include Coffee, Cinchona which quinine is derived from, and Gardenia ...

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Geraniaceae

Geraniaceae or the Geranium Family of plants is from the order of Geraniales. This family includes the genus Geranium, Geranium’s called Pelargoniums. Geraniaceae family members are generally herbs or subshrubs. It consists of 7 plant genera and 841 species. Geraniaceae family members have lobed or divided leaves. They are sometimes opposite or alternate and have stipules. The flowers are symmetrical. They are hermaphroditic or sometimes zygomorphic. They have free petals ...

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Caprifoliaceae

Caprifoliaceae or the Honeysuckle Family is from the order of Dipsacales. It includes about 53 genera and 857 species. It is best known for its vines and shrubs. But it includes trees and herbs as well. Most species are from North America and Eastern Asia. The plants in this family are mostly ornamental. Most Caprifoliaceae family members have opposite leaves. The flowers are bilaterally symmetric. They have capitate stigma and ...

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Acanthaceae

Acanthaceae or the Acanthus Family of plants is from the order of Lamiales. There are about 242 genera and about 3,947 species in the Acanthaceae family. The members of this family are from tropical and subtropical habitats. They are mostly from Central America, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Africa. Most members are herbs or shrubs but there are a few vines and trees. Some well-known members include the Shrimp Plant, Clockvine. ...

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Convolvulaceae

Convolvulaceae is also known as the Morning Glory Family. It is from the order of Solanales. This family includes about 67 genera and and and about 1,296 species. The members of Convolvulaceae are mostly herbaceous vines, but there include trees and shrubs. Probably one of the better-known members is the sweet potato which has a starchy root, and it is consumed all over the world. And of course, Morning Glory ...

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Araceae

Araceae or the Arum Family is a family of monocotyledonous plants. It is from the order of Arismatales. Members of this family are also known as Aroids. This family has about 117 genera and 3,368 species. They are mostly from the tropics and northern temperate regions. Araceae inflorescence usually appears on a spadix which is surrounded by a single leaf-like bract. This bract is called a spathe. Due to this, ...

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Aizoaceae

The Aizoaceae or Fig-marigold family is from the order of Caryophyllales. It includes about 134 genera and about 1,067 species. This is a family of dicotyledonous plants. They are commonly referred to as Ice Plants, Carpetweeds, or Vygies in South Africa and New Zealand. The family was previously known as Ficoidaceae. Members of Aizoaceae are usually perennials or annuals, they are rarely shrubs or trees. Aizoaceae members have fleshy globular leaves. Leaves ...

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Garryaceae

Garryaceae is a small family of plants. It is also known as the Silktassle Family. It is from the order of Garryales. The family has two genera and about 52 species. They are mostly distributed in the neotropics. For example Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Most Garryaceae members are dioecious shrubs or small trees. The members of this family have simple, opposite leaves, usually evergreen, petioled. The flowers are unisexual, ...

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Verbenaceae

Verbenaceae is the Verbena Family or Vervain Family of plants. It is from the order of Lamiales. Members are mostly tropical plants. They include shrubs, trees, and herbs. It includes about 34 genera and about 1,035 species. Other synonyms associated with Verbenaceae are Durantaceae and Petreaceae. Probably the best-known member is Verbena or Vervain. Others include the Lemon Verbena or the Glory Bower. Verbenaceae members usually have whorled or opposite ...

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