Clades: Boraginales; Lamiidae; Asteranae; Angiospermae; Plants.
In the Apg3 classification Ehretiaceae is treated as Subfamily Ehretioideae of Boraginaceae, the only family in the Order Boraginales. The Apg4 classification does the same.
The genus Cordia has been analysed. Cordia can be split in 4 subgenera:
Varronia, type Cordia varronia.
Collococcus, type Cordia collococca, with Pilicordia, Physoclada, Superbiflorae.
Myxa subclade, type Cordia myxa.
Sebestena, type Cordia sebestena, including Gerascanthus, Rhabdocalyx, Auxemma, Patagonula, and Saccellium.
Ehretiaceae is tretated as a Family in the Order Boraginales. The clades Heliotropioideae and Cordiodeae are included in Ehretiaceae.
In the first version of the Pant theory Cordiaceae was in Subphase 5 and Heliotropiaceae was in Subphase 4. Further studies, cases and provings show that both belong in Subphase 6. This fits the recent phylogenetic studies.
Heliotropioideae: Heliotropium, Tournefortia.
Cordioideae: Helio, Cordia, Saccellium
Ehretioideae: Bourreria, including Hilsenbergia, Cortesia, Ehretia, including Carmona and Rotula, Halgania, Lepidocordia, Menais, Patagonula, Rochefortia, Tiquilia, Americas
Trees or shrubs; woody.
Flower: style terminal, 2 forked.
Fruit: drupe with one quadrilocular or four unilocular pyrenes.
Trees, shrubs, climbers, rarely herbs.
Flower: style terminal, simply forked or 2 styles.
Fruit: drupe, with 2 bilocular or rarely 4 unilocular pyrenes.
Trees, shrubs, subshrubs, climbers, perennial or annual herbs.
Flower: style terminal, surrounded by the annuliform stigma,entire or forked.
Fruit: with a fleshy rarely a spongy pericarp and two bilocular or four unilocular pyrenes or hard, usually breaking up into four unilocul arnutlets, rarely into two mericarps or not at all.