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(W.F.P.) Santalales The Santalales, or sandalwood order of flowering plants,
consists chiefly of members either partially or entirely parasitic on other plants.
The order is of interest from several points of view. The true sandalwood (
There is no significant fossil record for the order Santalales, and evolutionary
considerations must therefore be based upon contemporary members. Floral
characteristics in representative families of the sandalwood order. Drawing by R.
In older systematic treatments Rafflesiaceae (and the related Hydnor- aceae)
were commonly placed in Santalales, but recent authors have realized the
artificiality of this position and now place it in the order Rafflesiales. Critical
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