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Lythraceae, family Lythraceae, loosestrife family(noun)
herbs and shrubs and small trees with pink or purple flowers
The Lythraceae are a family of flowering plants, including about 620 species of mostly herbs, with some shrubs and trees, in 31 genera. Major genera include Cuphea, Lagerstroemia, Nesaea, Rotala, and Lythrum. Lythraceae have a worldwide distribution, with most species in the tropics, but ranging into temperate climate regions, as well. The family is named after the type genus, Lythrum, the loosestrifes and also includes henna. It now includes the pomegranate, formerly classed in a separate family Punicaceae. The family also includes the widely cultivated crape myrtle trees. Botanically, the leaves are usually in pairs, and the flower petals emerge from the rim of the calyx tube. The petals often appear crumpled.
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The loosestrife plant family of the order Myrtales, subclass Rosidae, class Magnoliopsida. Members are mainly herbs and many of them contain ALKALOIDS.
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