Malvales

The Malvales are an order of flowering plants. Newer systems place them among the rosid group of dicotyledons, and include the following families:

  • Family Malvaceae (mallow family)
  • Family Dipterocarpaceae
  • Family Sarcolaenaceae
  • Family Cistaceae
  • Family Muntingiaceae
  • Family Bixaceae
  • Family Diegodendraceae
  • Family Cochlospermaceae
  • Family Sphaerosepalaceae
  • Family Thymelaeaceae
  • Family Neuradaceae

Here the Malvaceae is taken to include the older families Bombaceae, Sterculaceae, and Tiliaceae. Under the older Cronquist system, the order contained only these four families and the Elaeocarpaceae, and was placed among the Dileniidae.

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