The Magnoliidae
Name the family
Diversity:  25 genera and about 200 species as treated by Cronquist but some place within the circumscription of this family taxa treated by Cronquist as the Fumariaceae.  This broader circumscription (sensu lato or 's.l.') increases included taxa to 42 genera and ca. 660 species.  

Distribution:  Temperate northern hemisphere, both Old World and New with - 5 genera with 13 species in Texas.


flower often large and showy with crumpled petals, ovary a unilocular compound pistil

Significant features: syncarpous herbs with, caducous (early falling, often at anthesis) sepals, leaf blades often basal (some taxa scapose) and pinnately divided.  Most elements of the family express a milky or colored latex derived from specialized cells (laticifers).


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