A genus with 4 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees.  Leaves opposite, simple, linear to ovate-elliptic, yellow-green to dark green.  Flowers 4-lobed, white, in axillary clusters.  Fruit blue-black, spherical or ovoid.  Native to the Mediterranean and southwest Asia.  Closely related to Osmanthus.
Phillyrea: the classic Greek name; apparently derived from a non-Greek name.

Pronunciation: 
fil-LY-ree-uh
Family: 
Oleaceae (Olive Family)