is a family in the Alismatales Order.
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Family is made up of mainly small long living free-floating aquatic plants with flowers clustered together on a spike sometimes hidden by a spathe. Also known as aroids the family has around 100 genera and about 3700 species of perennials. The leaves of the plants in this family can get very large and they normally have around 6 stamens (pollen-producing reproductive organ) but can as few as one. The fruit of these plants are berries that are poisonous but if cooked properly can be edible. Missouri Botanical Gardens is home to the largest living collection of Araceae in the world.