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Distribution: Worldwide, but more common in the subtropical and tropical regions.
Economic Uses: As cultivated ornamentals and as the source of many brilliant dyes of green and yellow. Fruits form some species as used medicinally as a laxative, the leaves as wound dressings and as a treatment for cholera.
Defining Features of Interest: The family has many characters in common with the Vitaceae.
Fossil Evidence: Fossil leaves in the Eocene.