Genera : 1

Species: 13



Distribution: In western North America and south to the West Indies and Guatamala.

Economic Uses: As cultivated ornamentals.

Defining Features of Interest: The inflorescence of this family is a catkin, which caused it to be classified in the past with the members of the Salicaceae. It is now in its own family and in theorder Cornales.

Fossil Evidence:Fossil leaves and seeds in the Miocene.