or shrubs, bark warty, lenticellate.
Leaves 3-nerved at the base, entire or distinctly serrate, petiolate, stipules
lateral, free, scarious, caducous. Flowers in raceme or panicle, few to
many-flowered, bracts minute, caducous. Perianth lobes 4-5, imbricate, free,
boat-shaped, caducous. Stamens 4-5, filaments short, anthers dorsifixed,
extrorse. Ovary sessile, unilocular, ovules pendulous, styles short or absent.
Fruit a ovoid or globose, endocarp hard, smooth or rugose. Seeds with
membranous testa, embryo curved.