The Malvaceae, or the mallows, are a family of flowering plants estimated to contain 243 genera with 4225+ species.〔 Well-known members of this family include okra, cotton, and cacao. The largest genera in terms of number of species include ''Hibiscus'' (300 species), ''Sterculia'' (250 species), ''Dombeya'' (250 species), ''Pavonia'' (200 species) and ''Sida'' (200 species).
==Taxonomy and nomenclature==
The circumscription of the Malvaceae is controversial. The traditional Malvaceae ''sensu stricto'' comprise a very homogeneous and cladistically monophyletic group. Another major circumscription, Malvaceae ''sensu lato'', has been more recently defined on the basis that molecular techniques have shown the commonly recognised families Bombacaceae, Tiliaceae, and Sterculiaceae, which have always been considered closely allied to Malvaceae ''s.s.'', are not monophyletic groups. Thus, the Malvaceae can be expanded to include all of these families so as to compose a monophyletic group. Adopting this circumscription, the Malvaceae incorporate a much larger number of genera.
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