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Family

The next major category above genus in plant classification. A family may contain a single genus (e.g. Cercidiphyllaceae) or many (e.g. Fabaceae with around 650 genera). In modern systems all family names end in -aceae though the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature allows several traditional alternatives including Leguminosae (for Fabaceae) and Compositae (for Asteraceae). A family name is grammatically a plural.

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