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waterleaf,

common name for the Hydrophyllaceae, a family of herbs and some shrubs, widely distributed but especially abundant in W and SW North America. Best known in the United States are the waterleafs (genus Hydrophyllum), forest herbs eaten as greens by some Native American groups; the yerba santa (Eriodictyion californicum), a common chaparral shrub; and species of Nemophila, including the cultivated baby blue-eyes (N. menziesii) of California. Waterleaf is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Solanales.