Punicaceae

Genera : 1

Species: 2

 

Distribution: The family has two species, one endemic to the Balkan region of India and the other confined to the island of Socotra. Its long association with humans has caused its more widespread distribution.

Economic Uses: As the source of the pomegranate, which also gives us the fermented drink grenadine. The bark is used in Egypt for tanning leather and in medicine.

Defining Features of Interest: The unique characters of the fruit and hypanthium make it distinct in the order Rosales.

Fossil Evidence: No known fossil record.