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Genera: 5

Species: 60

Distribution: A scattered, cosmopolitan distribution.

Economic Uses: Important as the boxwood, an evergreen hedge plant and as the source of some ornamental woods used for inlaying and carved into furniture. Some species used extensively as ground covers.

Defining Features of Interest: The family is distinctive in the order Euphorbiales because it lacks a milky latex, stipules and has different seed characters.

Fossil Evidence: Macrofossils in the Miocene.