or shrubs, erect or climbing, stems sharply rigid when dry, young branches
pubescent or almost glabrous. Leaves petiolate, lamina membranous or
coriaceous, glabrous or pubescent.
Flowers often solitary, axillary, terminal or leaf-opposed. Bracts ovate
to narrowly lanceolate. Sepals 3, valvate. Petals 6, valvate or open in
aestivation, 2-seriate, inner petals distinctly smaller than outer ones.
Stamens numerous, closely arranged, linear or narrowly wedge-shaped, with a
broad, smooth connective concealing the anther cells, truncate and flat at the
apex. Carpels many, stigma capitate. Fruitlets moniliform, apiculate, with 1-6
joints, glabrous at maturity, scarlet, succulent, indehiscent but
disintegrating into ovoid joints.