trees or woody climbers. Leaves in opposite pairs or solitary, opposite to
inflorescence, entire, petiolate, stipule pairs connate at base. Inflorescence
apparently leaf-opposed, capitate, pedunculate with sessile flowers, packed on
a globose or oblong torus and fused at hypanthia. Flowers 4-7 merous,
homostylous or heterostylous, androdioecious or dioecious. Calyx tube a shallow
ring, lobes short or absent. Corolla hypocrateriform with anthers included near
middle of tube, lobes valvate in buds. Ovary 2-4 celled, ovule solitary,
stigmas bifid. Fruits drupaceous, fruting calyx persistent.