subdeciduous trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, serrate or crenate,
shining, chartaceous or sub-coriaceous. Flowers conspicuous, yellow,
pedunculate, bracts cauducous. Sepals 5, persistent, pale green, reddish in
fruit. Petals 5-10, in 1-2 whorls, deciduous. Stamens numerous with more or
less persistent filaments, anthers opening with two apical pores, deciduous.
Ovary 3-10 lobed, ovule solitary in each lobe, styles connate or sometimes free
at apex. Fruits of 3-10 drupes.