The Dilleniidae
Lecture quiz - Identify the Family
Diversity:  A family of 75 genera and over 1,000 species of herbs and shrubs that includes taxa domesticated for food (okra - Abelmoschus esculentus), fiber (cotton - Gossypium), and ornament (Hibiscus, hollyhock -  Alcea). Distribution:  World wide, but most diverse in the tropics.

Floral structure:

Significant features:  palmate pattern of leaf structure, mucilaginous sap (okra), an epicalyx (many genera), and unusual, often complex trichomes.  The androecium, with its monadelphous stamens, is a primary key character.


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