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Trees 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.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaves broadly obovate; flowers more than 2 cm across S. armata
1b. Leaves elliptic or oblanceolate; flowers less than 2 cm across 2
2a. Leaves rusty tomentose, lateral nerves 30-35 pairs; flowers c 1.5 cm across S. punduana
2b. Leaves pubescent underneath, lateral nerves 6-25 pairs; flowers less than 1 cm across S. roxburghii