Combretaceae

 

 

 

Genera : 20

Species: 400 - 475

 

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Terminalia catappa

 

 

Distribution: Pantropically, with many species in Africa.

 

Economic Uses: As cultivated ornamentals and for its edible seeds in the tropics and as important sources of timber in West Africa.

Defining Features of Interest: The family has secretory cells in the stem tissue and the vegetative parts are covered with unique, unicellular hairs.

Fossil Evidence:Fossil is the Eocene.