In Southern California, the members of this family are all shrubs with resinous or milky sap. The sepals and petals are commonly in 5’s on a cup-like dish with 5 or 10 stamens and 3 styles. The seeds are berry-like, dry or semi-fleshy with a hard center. (Dale 41).
About 70 genera and 600 species, mostly from warm regions. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 64).