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Of the three genera constituting this family, Shepherdia differs from Hippophae and Elaeagnus in its opposite leaves, and in having eight stamens instead of four. It consists of three scaly N. American shrubs with male and female flowers separated on different plants, and both inconspicuous. There is no corolla, and the calyx is of four divisions. Fruit berry-like. Named in honour of John Shepherd, curator of the Liverpool Botanic Garden in the early part of the 19th century. The third species, not mentioned below, is S. rotundifolia Parry, an evergreen shrub not in cultivation.