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A family of shrubs in which the leaves are covered densely with scale-like hairs, giving them a silvery appearance. The flowers are tiny, solitary, or clustered, with 2 or 4 sepals. The fruit is drupe-like. They are often cultivated for their foliage. There are 3 genera, with about 45 species, found in northern temperate and tropical regions.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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