Trees or shrubs, sometimes woody climbers.
Leaves simple, decussate-opposite, petiolate or sessile, entire. Inflorescence
racemiform or paniculate, bracteate. Flowers large, showy. Calyx 5, limb
toothed or entire. Corolla tube slender below and wider upward, limb oblique.
Stamens 4, distinctly didynamous, inserted in corolla tube, anthers oblong,
2-celled, diverging. Ovary solitary, styles filiform, stigmas subulate or
shortly bifid, ovules pendulous. Fruit a succulent drupe, exocarp juicy,
endocarp hard and bony. Seeds oblong, without endosperm.