Cornaceae

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Dogwood family
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Cornus mas


European Cornel (Cornus mas)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Cornales
Family:Cornaceae
Genera

Cornaceae sensu stricto
    Cornus -- dogwood
Nyssaceae
    (Nyssa -- tupelo)
    (Camptotheca -- happy tree)
    (Davidia -- dove tree)

The Dogwood family (Cornaceae) is a widespread family, mostly in the north temperate zone, in the order Cornales. The family mostly comprises woody shrubs and trees, in about fifteen genera, although which genera properly belong to this family is controversial.

The Cornaceae is best known for two genera, Cornus, the dogwoods, and Nyssa, the tupelos; the latter is often placed, together with the Dove tree Davidia and the Happy tree Camptotheca, in a separate family, the Nyssaceae.

All members of the family have simple leaves and most are deciduous and have attractive fall foliage; some Cornus are however evergreen.

The genus Griselinia formerly often included in the Cornaceae, is now placed in its own family, Griseliniaceae.

The genus Aucuba, formerly often included in the Cornaceae, has now been transferred to the family Garryaceae.da:Kornel-familien (Cornaceae) de:Hartriegelgewächse es:Cornaceae eo:Kornusacoj fr:Cornaceae nl:Kornoeljefamilie no:Kornellfamilien

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