or small trees. Leaves opposite, rarely ternate, stipules free, broad. Flowers
in axillary or terminal fascicles or solitary or in axillary cymes. Calyx tube
short, limb short, often glandular within, persistent. Corolla lobes 4-7,
spreading, contorted in buds. Anthers 4-7, sessile, often recurved, twisted.
Ovary 2-celled, styles filiform, bifid at apex, lobes linear or subulate, ovule
solitary in each cell, peltate on the septum. Drupes with 2 plano-convex or
ventrally concave coriaceous or cartilaginous pyrenes. Seeds concave or grooved
on ventral surface.