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Spurge family
Starr 020803-0119 Aleurites moluccana.jpg
Candlenut tree (Aleurites moluccana)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae

The Spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) is a large family of flowering plants with 300 genera and around 7,500 species. Most are herbs, but some, especially in the tropics, are also shrubs or trees. The name Spurge comes from the Latin word espurge meaning to purge, due to its use as a laxative.