trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes woody parasites on branches of trees. Leaves
alternate or opposite, entire, sometimes scale-like, exstipulate, nerves
inconspicuous. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, subtended by a single bract
which covers juvenile inflorescence; bracts caducous or persistent. Flowers
small, inconspicuous, radially symmetrical. Tepals 3-6 in a single whorl,
separated or united into a shallow hypanthium. Stamens equal in number and
opposite to each tepal, adnate to the tepal base. Styles simple, stigmas 3-6
lobed. Fruit a drupe or nut. Seed 1, globose or ovoid.