Simaroubaceae

 

 

Genera : 20-25

Species 120-150

 

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Distribution: Pantropical with some species either more temperate or subtropical in distribution.

 

Economic Uses: As a cultivated ornamental and as the source of New World antimalarial medicines from the bitter bark. Some species have the flavor of licorice.

Defining Features of Interest: Bitterness is a common feature of the bark, seeds and wood. The leaves are distinctive from the Rutaceae in not having resin glands. Other features are in common with this closely related f

Fossil Evidence: No known fossil reord.