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Genera : 25 - 35

Species: 900 - 1,500

Distribution: Cosmpolitan, but absent from the Australia and Pacific regions. The greatest diversity is in South Africa and it is common in North America and the mountain regions of Mexico.

Economic Uses: As culivated rock garden ornamentals and house plants.

Defining Features of Interest: The family is common in warm,dry regions where the succulent leaves aid in water retention. It has been placed in theSaxifragaceae in the past.

Fossil Evidence:Fossil pollen in theMiocene.

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