Members of the Caper Family are heavily scented herbs or shrubs with alternate leaves composed of 3 or more leaflets on stalks. The flowers have 4 sepals, 4 petals, 4 or more stamens of equal length and a superior ovary. The fruit is a 2-valved capsule often on a slender stalk. (Dale 89).
There are about 30 genera and 650 species in warm temperatures and tropical regions. The capers for our dinner table come from plants of this family. (Dale 89).