or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate or rarely opposite, entire, exstipulate. Flowers
axillary, solitary or in small cymes. Calyx 3-7 lobed. Coralla sympetalous, 3-7
lobed, lobes imbricate, convolute or valvate. Stamens attached to the base of
the corolla tube or sometimes directly to the receptacle, usually twice as many
as the corolla-lobes and in 2 cycles, anthers opening by longitudinal slits or
rarely by apical pores. Staminodes usually present in female flowers. Ovary
superior, rarely inferior, 2-16 locular, styles 1-8, free or united below.
Fruit a berry, rarely capsular. Seeds with thin testa hard, often ruminate