figwort family

figwort family

Family Scrophulariaceae, containing about 1,700 species of flowering plants in 65 genera, found worldwide. The family is notable for its many ornamental garden plants, including butterfly bush (Buddleja species) and Nemesia. Other members of the family, including butter-and-eggs, are wildflowers. Flowers of the family are tubular and bilaterally symmetrical (two-lipped).

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