or shrubs. Leaves exstipulate, simple, alternate, petiolate, usually serrate
with prominent parallel veins diverging from the midrib. Flowers axillary,
bracteate, bisexual. Sepals 5, polysepalous, imbricate, persistent. Petals 5,
free or connate at the base, imbricate. Stamens numerous, adnate to the base of
petals, anthers versatile. Ovary 3-5 locular, ovules numerous, styles 3-5, free
or variously united, stigma simple. Fruit a berry, globose, rarely dry and
slightly indehiscent. Seeds small, numerous.