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Genera : 11

Species: 700-750

Distribution: .Widespread in the subtropics and temperate regions of both hemispheres and reaching to the arctic and antarctic regions.

Economic Uses: As an extremely important cultivated annual species for gardens and outdoor pots, the family also contains many species with aromatic oils used in cosmetics, perfume and as an insect repellant. Many of the aromatic species have been cultivated as 'scented geraniums' and may smell like apple

Defining Features of Interest: Some of the smaller genera have been grouped into their own families by some botanists. The family generally has aromatic, glandular hairs and has stems with swollen, jointed nodes.

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