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The distribution within the dicotyledons of the number of integuments and the thickness of the nucellus is reviewed. It is suggested that these characters indicate relationship among major dicotyledonous groups. A unitegmic group with crassinucellate or tenuinucellate ovules is considered ancestral to the main sympetalous complex (Asteridae) and, combined with it, forms one of the major phyletic lines within the dicotyledons. A second group, with bitegmic-tenuinucellate ovules, leads to the Primulales-Ebenales complex.