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|Authority - Radlk. or Drake del Castillo||Total Number of genera - 4|
|Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? - Angiosperm||Total Number of species - 11|
|Plant forms - Spiny succulent shrubs & trees|
|World Distribution - Madagascar|
|Comments - The plants are spiny succulent shrubs and trees from 2-20 m tall, with thick water-storing stems and leaves that are deciduous in the long dry season.
The family is sometimes included within the Portulacaceae,
It is also closely related to the New World family Cactaceae (cacti), sufficiently closely so that the species of Didiereaceae can be grafted successfully on some cacti.|