trees or large shrubs. Leaves alternate, margin serrate or denticulate, base
3-7 nerved. Flowers unisexual or bisexual or polygamous in small axillary
cymes, bracts minute, caducous. Perianth 4-5 lobed, lobes induplicate-valvate
or subimbricate. Stamens 4-5, opposite the perianth, filaments erect, anthers
dorsifixed, introrse. Ovary superior, sessile, ovules pendulous, styles short,
stigmas spreading or incurved. Fruit a drupe, ovoid or subglobose, small, usually
crowned by the style. Seeds small, with or without endosperm.