For description see genus. This family appears to be closely related to the Cornaceae and Aucuba in particular. It contains highly toxic alkaloids.
1 genus of about 13 species from W, N and C America.
Evergreen trees and shrubs with flowers in long, ornamental catkins; male flowers with 4 perianth segments and 4 stamens; ovary inferior.
Source: (2002). Garryaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.