Diversity: 25 genera
and about 200 species as treated by Cronquist but some include the Fumariaceae.
Distribution: Temperate northern hemisphere, both Old World and New with - 4 genera with 12 species in Texas.
Floral structure: (ref. Magnoliidae)
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).