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Trees 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.