Buckthorn or Coffeeberry Family

FORM Trees and shrubs usually thorny, many with medicinal value

Genera    51-55 genera, and 900 species.                     

Species in our area     (Gray);     (B&B)43

Distribution Tropical and subtropical Very wide spread but their center of diversity is in California

Flowers Perfect some imperfect

#Parts   petals 4-5 sepals 4-5 Stamens opposite the petals.

Symmetry regular

Leaves alternate or opposite