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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.