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 Actinidiaceae   Diapensiaceae   Malvaceae   Sarraceniaceae
 Begoniaceae   Dilleniaceae   Monotropaceae   Sterculiaceae
 Bixaceae   Droseraceae  Myrsinaceae   Styracaceae
 Bombacaceae   Ebenaceae   Nepenthaceae   Tamaricaceae
 Brassicaceae   Elaeocarpaceae   Ochnaceae   Theaceae
 Capparaceae   Empetraceae   Paeoniaceae   Theophrastaceae
 Caricaceae   Epacridaceae   Passifloraceae   Tiliaceae
 Cistaceae   Ericaceae   Primulaceae   Turneraceae
 Clethraceae   Flacourtiaceae   Pyrolaceae   Violaceae
 Clusiaceae   Fouquieriaceae   Resedaceae  
 Cochlospermaceae   Lecythidaceae   Salicaceae  
 Cucurbitaceae   Loasaceae   Sapotaceae  

 Subclass consisting of 77 families, and about 25,000 species of angiosperms - the bulk (3/4) of the subclass coming from five orders: Violales, Capparales, Ericales, Theales, and Malvales. They are more advanced than the Magnoliidae by being syncarpous and less advanced than the Asteridae by being largely polypetalous rather than sympetalous or having more than two fused carpels. The Dilleniidae has been distinguished from the Rosidae in that species with numerous stamens have the stamens initiated in centrifugal (rather than centripetal) sequence and commonly exhibiting parietal placentation which is rare in Rosidae.

Molecular phylogenetic studies indicate that the Dilleniidae are not a natural group and should be broken up. Two carnivorous families (Nepenthaceae and Droseraceae) belong to Caryophyllidae. Most of the sympetalous families (e.g., Ericaceae, Monotropaceae, Pyrolaceae, Primulaceae) belong to the largely sympetalous Asteridae. The remainder of the Dilleniidae belong to various and different lineages of the expanded Rosidae.

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