Celastraceae (weeds)

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fruits of Celastrus orbiculatus (click on image to enlarge it)
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Celastraceae (weeds) - (bittersweet family)

The family of Celastraceae contains around 1,000 species of woody vines, shrubs and trees. They are mainly found in the tropics and subtropics. Several species are invasive weeds, e.g. Celastrus orbiculatus. Many species have opposite leaves with a serrate margin. The flowers are usually small with four to five sepals and petals. The fruits are often colourful capsules.

The following genera and individual species of weeds are currently entered under this family: