ChrysobalanaceaeCocoa-plum family

  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, distichous, the underside often beige pubescent.
  - Slender, hairy stipules.
  - Inner bark with sandy texture.
  - Flowers, small and white or larger and white or lavender with exserted stamens.
  - Fruits are fleshy drupes.

Diagnosis: Trees or treelets, with sandy inner bark, slender hairy stipules, leaves simple, alternate, entire, usually distichous.

Local distribution: More common on the atlantic slope than the pacific, and absent from cloud forest.

Similar families
Dichapetalaceae: bark not sandy, stipules serrate, inflorescence often arises on petiole.
Flacourtiaceae: stipules broad-based, some with translucent dots and dashes, usually with some crenations.

Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 7 species. Trees: 2 genera, 7 species.

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