Cornaceae, Dogwood Family
The Cornaceae family is also commonly called the Dogwood Family. This family contains only 10 genera and 115 accepted specie names. Members of this family are typically trees and shrubs, evergreen or deciduous. Simple leaves are either opposite or alternate. Flowers or mostly clusterd in infloresceces or pseudanthia. Fruits mostly drupes.
This relatively small family is most noted for Dogwoods (Cornus) and the Black Gum or Pepperidge Tree (Tupelos) of the genus Nyssa.
- Cornus sericea, Red-osier Dogwood