Genera : 16 - 24


Species: 300 - 400

Distribution: Pantropically with a great concentration in the Old World

Economic Uses: As timber, medicines (laxatives and astringents) and the seeds as food in Malaysia.


Defining Features of Interest: The family has pinnately compound leaves and free carpels, which makes its placement in the order Rosales questionable to some botanists.

Fossil Evidence:No known fossil record.