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Buxaceae Dumort. 1822, nom. cons.
the box family
Buxaceae is derived from the Latin buxus, the box tree, known for its ornamental and useful boxwoods, native to North America, Europe, northern Africa and Asia. The flowers are small, unisexual, and have no petals, and most species are dioecious. The leaves are evergreen, leathery, alternate, and have no stipules. Fruits are capsules with 1 or 2 seeds, or drupes.
Buxus sempervirens - English Box
Photograph by Sir Gawain, via Wikimedia Commons
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