Euphorbiales

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Malpighiales
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Malpighiales
Families

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Euphorbiales was the former name of an order of flowering plants.

Newer classification systems, including the APG II system, merge order Euphorbiales into order Malpighiales.

Families, formerly comprised in Euphorbiales

Family Aextoxicaceae, which is assigned to order Euphorbiales in some older systems, is assigned to order Berberidopsidales in newer systems, including that of the APG.

Ethnobotany

Some of these species are highly toxic.

In the Mediterranean area, some use euphorbia's leaves for fishing in rivers: leaves release their toxic substance, that goes immediately in solution with water, and when the fish is reached by it its swim-bladder swells until it explodes, killing the fish. The dead fish comes then to the surface and is easily collectible. This practice is however extremely unsafe, given that the toxic element remains in the tissues of the fish, so it would be dangerous to eat it.

Reference

as of 2002-05-30da:Euphorbiales fr:euphorbiales es:euphorbiales

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