The largest family in Order Euphorbiales is the Spurge Family
(Euphorbiaceae), which has about 7,500 species, mostly growing in tropical
parts of the world. This Order includes economically important plants like
Rubber Hevea brasiliensis and Cassava, which has a starch-rich root
used as food in some areas. Some members of Euphorbiales yield valuable
oils or medicines. Flowers are often in tight clusters surrounded by showy
leaf-like structures (bracts) so that the group of small flowers with the
petal-like bracts looks like a single bloom.
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