or shrubs or woody vines. Leaves simple, alternate, exstipulate, entire or
lobed. Inflorescence axillary cyme. Flowers usually bisexual, rarely unisexual,
epigynous. Calyx with 4-10 lobes or obsolete. Corolla with 4-10 petals, broadly
linear, sometimes connate at the base, reflexed after anthesis. Stamens many or
2-4 times as many as the petals; filaments free or slightly connate at the
base. Carpels 1-3, syncarpous, ovary bilocular or unilocular; style terminal;
stigma capitates, clavate or lobed, ovule solitary, pendulous. Fruits drupes,
crowned by the sepals. Seeds with large embryo straight, endosperm copious.