Genera : 50 - 56
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.
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