CORNACEAE - Dogwood Family

Trees and shrubs, rarely perennial herbs

Leaves opposite, less commonly alternate, simple

Flowers bi- or unisexual, actinomorphic, small infl. often subtended by showy bracts

Fruit a fleshy drupe or berry

Seed with endosperm

11 genera, 100 species, largest genus is Cornus

Economic importance:

Ornamentals - Cornus and Aucuba

Diagnostic characteristics: trees or shrubs, simple leaves with curved veins