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Erect or bushy shrubs with shiny pale corky barks. Leaves sometimes anisophyllous, petiolate or subsessile. Inflorescence in terminal, axillary or cauline paniculate cymes. Flowers 5-merous, often heterostylous. Calyx tube short. Corolla infundibular or broadly campanulate, yellow or white. Stamens inserted at the base, middle or throat of corolla tube, anthers included or tip barely exserted. Ovary 2-locular, ovules many, styles filiform, included or barely exserted, bifurcate at or above middle, lobes linear, glandular. Berries globose, fleshy or coriaceous, white, indehiscent or splitting irregularly, fruiting calyx persistent. Seeds numerous, minute.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Single stemmed, often unbranched shrubs or treelet; inflorescence terminal M. malayana
1b. Shrubs or undershrubs; inflorescence basal 2
2a. Inflorescence on leafless nodes M. mukerjiana
2b. Inflorescence terminal, sometimes axillary panicles 3
3a. Stipules elliptic oblong, obovate or suborbicular and narrowed to stipitate at base; calyx lobes with 1-3 pairs of glands M. sinensis
3b. Stipules lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, or ovate, at base straight or narrowed; calyx lobes with numerous stipitate glands M. longifolia