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A family of trees, shrubs, or herbs, which are often rather succulent. The leaves are opposite. The flowers are tiny, reduced, and borne on spicate racemes. The fruit is a tiny drupe. The family is related to Lauraceae. There are 4 genera, with 58 species, occurring in tropical America, and from China and India to Melanesia and New Zealand.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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