Myrsinaceae is a large family with 35 genera and about 1000 species. It is widespread in temperate to tropical climates. Plants are mostly mesophytic trees and shrubs with a few lianas. Leaves of some species have colored juice. Phylogenetic studies found that members of the Primulaceae and Myrsinaceae were not monophyletic and reassignments have been made. Thus, some members of the Primulaceae such as Cyclamen are now included in the Myrsinaceae.