Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, introduced also in Old World.
Genera 3, species 3 (1 in the flora).
Plants included in Muntingiaceae (in the sense of C. Bayer et al. 1998) have been treated in Eleocarpaceae, Flacourtiaceae, or Tiliaceae. Dicraspidia Standley (Central America and Colombia) and Neotessmannia Burret (Peru) are relatively poorly known.