A family of mainly tropical and subtropical plants in which the leaves are simple, commonly opposite, finely dotted with oil glands, and without stipules. The flowers are regular, with 4 or 5 petals, numerous exserted stamens, and the ovary more or less inferior. The fruit is a woody capsule or a berry. There are 1 to many seeds. Some are ornamentals with showy flowers. Many produce valuable timbers. There are 121 genera, comprising about 3850 species, occurring in tropical and warm regions, and abundant in Australia.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.