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Genera : 45 - 50

Species: 500


Distribution: Widespread, with many representatives in the African and Australian tropics.

Economic Uses: As cultivated shrubs for their fragrance and ornamental bark and also the source of a fish poison and to induce abortion in China.

Defining Features of Interest: The family is distinct, but how to classify it in relation to other families is still debated.

Fossil Evidence: Fossil in the Oligocene and Lower Eocene.