61. Celastrinaceae.—Staff-tree family.
Small trees and shrubs, sometimes climbing. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite, often coriaceous. A peculiarity of the flowers is that the perigynous stamens are inserted on the disk which fills the bottom of the calyx and sometimes covers the ovary. Fruit a capsule, an indehiscent drupe, or a samara. Seeds furnished with a pulpy, colored, cupular aril.