bole straight, buttresses prominent. Leaf nerves forming an intra-marginal
vein, petioles distinctly geniculate. Flowers in lax, pendent racemes. Calyx
united at the base into a tube round the ovary. Petals broadly ovate, falling
off separately. Stamens 10 or more, the outer slightly shorter than the inner,
connective of anthers prolonged into a long awn. Ovary sub-inferior with a
distinct, thick, fleshy stylopodium, styles 3, sometimes 4-6. Nut globose,
enclosed in and adnate to most of its part in the fruiting calyx tube,
splitting open at the apex irregularly.