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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)
 

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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