or trees, sometimes climbing shrubs. Leaves opposite, entire,
stipules connate. Flowers
4 to 6-merous, small, unisexual or bisexual, pedicellate. Calyx caducous or
persistent, tube and teeth short. Corolla campanulate, tube equal to much
exceeding lobes, throat usually hairy, lobes spreading, valvate in buds.
Filaments short, inserted, anthers included or exserted. Ovary 2-locular, ovule
solitary, pendulous, stigmas head subglobose. Fruits fleshy with 2 smooth