Classification
 Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Buxaceae
 Description

Shrubs or trees, rarely herbs.  Lvs alternate or opposite, simple, exstipulate.  Fls usually unisexual, rarely ☿, actinomorphic, usually in bracteate spikes, racemes or axillary clusters, rarely solitary. Calyx segments 4–(6), usually united at base.  Petals 0.  Stamens usually 4 or 6, rarely numerous;  filament long or ± 0;  anthers 2-locular.  Ovary superior, usually 3-locular;  styles usually 3, united or free;  ovules 1–2 per loculus, pendulous.  Fr. a loculicidal capsule or a drupe.  Embryo straight; endosperm present.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

 Biostatus
Exotic
Number of species in New Zealand within Buxaceae
CategoryNumber
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Exotic: Casual1
Total2
 Bibliography
Connor, H.E. 1977: The Poisonous Plants in New Zealand. Edition 2. Government Printer, Wellington.
Cronquist, A. 1988: The evolution and classification of flowering plants. The New York Botanic Gardens, New York.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.