Chase, Mark W. Molecular Systematics Section, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Surrey, United Kingdom.
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A small order of flowering plants (3600 species) in the eumagnoliid group, which is composed of three anomalously woody vines (shrubs) or herbaceous families—the pipeworts (Aristolochiaceae), the black pepper family (Piperaceae), and the lizard's tail family (Saururaceae). The last two families have reduced flowers in dense spikelike flower stems, and the first has medium-sized to enormous flowers that often trap insects for a period before releasing them, covered with pollen.
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