About 70 species of abundantly branched evergreen shrubs or small trees. Leaves opposite -- (just like the u's in Buxus are on opposite sides of the x), small, short petioled, leathery, entire. Flowers inconspicuous, small, unisexual, monoecious, without petals, in dense axillary clusters. Fruit is a globose, 3-valved capsule. Found in Eurasia, tropical and South Africa, Caribbean, and Central America.
Buxus: a name used by Virgil for Common Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)