The family Hernandiaceae consists of four genera: Hernandia, Illigera, Gyrocarpus, and Sparattanthelium, and about 60 species of trees, shrubs, and woody climbers widespread in tropical regions. An example of Hernandiaceae is Hernandia ovigera L., which is grown as a tropical street tree. Hernandiaceae are member of the order Laurales and are known to abound with aporphines and lignans.
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