FAGACEAE, Beech Family

Trees and shrubs with alternate simple pinnately-veined leaves with early-deciduous stipules; monoecious; Flowers monosporangiate, without petals; staminate flowers in aments or in capitate clusters; carpellate flowers epigynous, each flower or each small cluster of flowers surrounded by an involucre of bracts; carpels united, locules, styles, and stigmas as many; fruit a nut.