Author: Jan Scholten
Botany: 37 genera; 1610 species; trees and shrubs; with milky sap; capsules for seeds; tropical; leaves opposite; latex.
Bonnetiaceae: 3 genera and 35 species; Neotropics.
Calophyllaceae: 14 genera.
Hypericaceae: 9 genera.
Clusiaceae, Hypericaceae, Bonnetiaceae, Podostemaceae and Calophyllaceae are a monophyletic group in the Apg3 classification, sometimes named Clusiaceae sensu latu. Caryocaraceae, an unknown family in homeopathy, seems to be near to this group.
In the Plant theory Podostemaceae is split off from Clusiaceae. Clusiaceae is placed in Subphase 4.
Shrubs, trees, lianas; hemi-epiphytes; colorful; sticky latex, resin, oil.
Leaves: opposite; simple; entire; fleshy, tough; veins parallel; terminal buds enclosed by petiole bases; exstipulate.
Flowers: actinomorphic; bisexual; 5-merous; sepals 2 to 5, free; petals free, imbricate or contorted, 4 to 5; stamens many, free or bundles; ovary superior, 3-5+ locules and stigmas, ovules 1-many, seeds arillate.
Fruit: capsule, dehiscent; drupe, nut or berry.