- Leaves opposite or whorled, entire.
- Interpetiolar stipules.
- Flowers 4-6-parted with inferior ovary and fused, tubular corolla.
- Fruits are varied, including capsules, drupes, and berries.
Diagnosis: Including all life forms from herbs to trees and epiphytes, deciduous interpetiolar stipules, leaves simple, opposite (rarely whorled), entire, usually with a well-developed collecting vein.
Diversity: Total: 36 genera, 153 species. Trees and treelets: 24 genera, about 65 species.
Comments: Coffee is one of the best-known members of the family.