ELEAGNACEAE, Oleaster  Family

Shrubs; stems and simple entire leaves covered with silvery or golden-brown scales; flowers perigynous,monosporangiate or bisporangiate, in small lateral clusters; hypanthilum of carpellate and bisporangiate flowers tubular; calyx regular, sepals 4; petals none; carpel and ovule 1; fruit covered by persistent base of hypanthium, hence appearing drupelike.