Genera : 50 - 56

Species: 400


Distribution: Pantropically, with a few in temperate regions.

Economic Uses: As a source of timbers in the marine industry and as a source of water from the stems in dry regions. Some species used as a source of starchy flour, as a tea substitute and as an antidysentery product.

Defining Features of Interest: The family remains dsitinctive in the order Celstrales, although it has some features in common with other families, such as the Santalaceae.

Fossil Evidence:Fossils in thePaleocene and and the Eocene, with some questionable fossils in the Upper Cretaceous.

Defining Morphology

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