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1,620 genera including Senecio, Vernonia, and Aster.Asteraceae
94.8%
Includes corn, which was domesticated in Mexico some 8,700 years ago.Poaceae
81.2%
Sometimes called the pulse family, includes the 'musical fruit'.Fabaceae
77.4%
Used to be called 'Labiatae', typically has a square stem.Lamiaceae
74.3%
A favorite of horticulturalists, the name of this family comes from the Greek word meaning 'testicle'.Orchidaceae
71%
That which we call this family by any other name would smell as sweet.Rosaceae
65.9%
The spurge family contains a large variety of phytotoxins, often with a milky sap or latex.Euphorbiaceae
63%
The madder or coffee family is concentrated in warmer and tropical climates.Rubiaceae
62.5%
Mustard!Brassicaceae
62.1%
Important source of food, spice, and medicine but some are very toxic, such as nightshade. Solanaceae
61.1%
These plants thrive in acidic soils. Includes heath and heather.Ericaceae
56.7%
Includes over 200 genera, the largest is Hibiscus with 300 species!Malvaceae
56.3%
The Umbelliferae family. The study of this family is sometimes called sciadophytography.Apiaceae
54.1%
Flowers are born on a spadix, sometimes enclosed in a leaf-like bract called a spathe. The stem group has been dated to ca 131 million years ago!Araceae
52.9%
All species are woody with essential oils. Includes clove, guava, allspice, eucalyptus, and myrtle.Myrtaceae
51%
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Sedges have edges!Cyperaceae
47.5%
Pepper! This speciose family only has 5 genera!Piperaceae
45.9%
The dogbane family includes Asclepiadaceae in newer phylogenies. Apocynaceae
41.2%
Species in the nettle family often have stinging hairs. Ouch!!Urticaceae
40.4%
Also known as Palmae or Palmaceae.Arecaceae
40%
You might wear a wreath from this family on your head in ancient Greece.Lauraceae
38%
Mostly tropical, includes genera Thunbergia, Justicia, Acanthus, and Ruellia.Acanthaceae
37.5%
The pink family is best represented in temperate climates.Caryophyllaceae
36.3%
The typic genus in this family means 'little frog' in latin. (Think of the frog genus)Ranunculaceae
35.5%
Forget-me-not!Boraginaceae
35.1%
In the order Lamiales. Has 147 genera including Kohleria and Gesneria.Gesneriaceae
33.3%
Species in the broomrape family are usually parasitic.Orobanchaceae
27.4%
Only 5 of the 130 genera in the custard apple family produce edible fruits.Annonaceae
26.3%
Found mostly in the tropics, distinctive leaves typically with strong longitudinal veins and tertiary veins at right angles to the midrib. Melastomataceae
24.3%
Includes many familiar garden plants. Current classifications include Lobeliaceae in this family.Campanulaceae
24.3%

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