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|Authority - D.C.||Total Number of genera - 1|
|Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? - Angiosperm||Total Number of species - 11|
|Plant forms - Desert Tree/Shrub|
|World Distribution - S.W. North America. Mexico and the bordering US states of Arizona, southern California, New Mexico, and parts of southwestern Texas.
N. & Central America. Warm temperate and subtropical regions, Garrya in North America, and Aucuba in eastern Asia.|
|Comments - Woody deasert shrubs & small trees. They are unrelated to cacti and do not look much like them; their stems are proportionately thinner than cactus stems and their leaves are larger.
They do not have a particularly close resemblance to any other sort of plants; genetic evidence has shown that they belong in the Ericales. Prior to this, they had been variously placed in the Violales or their own order Fouquieriales.|