Botany: 7 genera; 95 species; trees or shrubs; tropical; Americas.
Genera: Theophrasta, Neomezia, Clavija, Jacquinia, Deherainia, Votschia, Bonellia.
The Apg2 system places Theophrastaceae in the order Ericales, in the enlarged Primulaceae.
In the Plant theory Theophrastaceae is a family in the Order Primulales, Phase 3 in Ericidae. Theophrastaceae was originally placed in Subphase 5. The proving of Clavija biborrana showed the strong Phase 7 qualities and thus Theophrastaceae is placed in Subphase 7.