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Trees or much-branched shrubs or scandent, spinescent. Leaves leathery, alternate, entire, exstipulate. Inflorescence solitary or fasciculate flowers or racemes or spikes. Flowers hermaphrodite or polygamous. Calyx gamosepalous, tubular, constricted and persistent 2-4 lobed. Petals absent. Stamens double the number of calyx lobes or sepals in male flowers, opposite or alternate with them, equal in number alternate in hermaphrodite and polygamous flowers, anthers 2-locular, introrse, opening by longitudinal slits, no staminodes in female flowers. Ovary superior, 1-locular, ovule 1, basal, erect, style terminal, linear, stigmatose on one side. Fruits indehiscent, entirely enclosed within the lower part of the perianth, fleshy when ripens. Seeds erect, testa hard.