shrubs, sarmentose or climbing or trees. Leaves simple or compound, alternate,
rarely opposite, stipules 2, free or adnate to petioles, rarely obsolete.
Flowers bisexual, disk lining calyx tube
or forming a ring at its base. Calyx tube free or adnate to the ovary, limb
5-lobed. Petals 5, inserted under disc margin. Stamens numerous (rarely 1 or 5
or 10) in one or many series, filaments incurved in bud. Carpels 1 or more,
free or connate with free or connate styles, styles basal, lateral or
subterminal, stigmas capitate or penicillate, ovules 1 or more in each carpel.
Fruits achenes or berries or drupes, rarely capsular. Seeds erect or pendulous.