Author: Jan Scholten
English: Verbena family; Vervain family
Botany: 35 genera; 1200 species; tropical; trees, shrubs, herbs; stem quadrangular; inflorescence in heads, spikes, or clusters of small flowers; aromatic smell.
In the Apg3 classification Verbenaceae is a Family in Lamiales. Verbenaceae was formerly placed in Scrophulariales. Numerous genera traditionally classified in Verbenaceae have been transferred to Lamiaceae. Verbenalesis in monophyletic subclade together with Acanthaceae, Bignoniaceae and other families.
In the Plant theory Verbenaceae is in Verbenales, which is split off from Lamiales. Verbenaceae is in Subphase 4 in Verbenales.