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Genera : 2 - 4
Species: 450 - 600
Distribution: Subtropical and tropical Africa and Asia as well as the temperate regions of the Old and New World.
Economic Uses: The family is best known economically as the source of the highly cultivated annual bedding and pot plant-impatiens.
Defining Features of Interest: The family has fleshy, translucent stems. The flower has a spur that originate from the calyx, not from the receptacle tissue as in other families.
Fossil Evidence: No known fossil record.
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