The Lythraceae Family was named and described by Jean Henri Jaume Saint-Hilaire in Exposition des Familles Naturelles in 1805.
Plants of the World Online lists 27 accepted genera in this family. The Wikipedia article lists 32 genera with several subfamilies. It is interesting how some of the genera are placed in this family that seem to have nothing in common to the eye such as the Lythrum genus (Loosestrife) and Punica (Pomegranate). They are in different subfamilies but still the same family… Even though many of the genera seem to have nothing common, there are various reasons they were all placed in the same family.
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