1. Leaf blades with 3 prominent veins from the base; flowers white, in dense inflorescences at the ends of branches or on axillary peduncles; fruit dry, dehiscent.
1. Leaf blades clearly pinnately veined, not strongly 3-nerved from the base; flowers yellow-green, solitary or numerous but all axillary; fruit fleshy, indehiscent.
2. Leaves entire (sometimes slightly undulate but at most irregularly crenulate); flowers all bisexual; sepals 5; petals 5; bud scales (actually the reduced leaves of naked buds) pubescent.
2. Leaves with close, small, often crenulate teeth; flowers unisexual or bisexual (plants dioecious or polygamo-dioecious); sepals and petals 4, or sepals 5 and petals 0; bud scales glabrous except for the ciliate margins.
All species found in Rhamnaceae
MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. August 1, 2015. http://www.michiganflora.net/family.aspx?id=RHAMNACEAE.