|Common Names - Jjacob's Ladder or Phlox Family||Synonyms -|
|Authority - Juss.||Total Number of genera - 25|
|Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? - Angiosperm||Total Number of species - 400|
|Plant forms - Herbs, some shrubs, trees, lianes|
|World Distribution - America (esp. W and N) and Eurasia. Native to the Northern Hemisphere and also South America, with the center of diversity in western North America, especially in California Frigid zone to sub-tropical. Widespread, but lacking (though often introduced) in Africa, Southern and Southeast Asia Malaysia, Australia and Eastern South America|
|Comments - Under order Ericales. Shrubs, lianes, small trees & especially herbs. Woody.|
|1 - Cantua.|
2 - Cobaea.
3 - Leptodactylon.
4 - Loeselia.
5 - Phlox.