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  • U. EggliEmail author
  • E. Van Jaarsveld
  • S. Arroyo-Leuenberger
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Part of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants book series (SUCCPLANTS)


A diagnostic description of the family is given with special emphasis on the occurrence of succulence. This is followed by information on the ordinal placement, a selection of important literature, and information on the geographical distribution. A short discussion of the family’s position in the angiosperm phylogeny is supplemened by a summary of its past and present classification in a phylogenetic context. The succulent features present amongst the species of the family are shortly summarized, as is its general economical importance. Finally, a dichotomous key to the genera with succulent species is given.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Eggli
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. Van Jaarsveld
    • 2
  • S. Arroyo-Leuenberger
    • 3
  1. 1.Sukkulenten-Sammlung Zürich, Grün Stadt ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Biodiversity and ConservationUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  3. 3.Instituto de Botanica DarwinionBuenos AiresArgentina

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