or trees. Bark very rough, hard, greyish-brown. Leaves shortly petiolate,
narrow, leathery, clustered near the ends of the twigs. Flowers in axillary
cylindrical spikes, bracts deciduous, pubescent. Sepals 5, tube subglobose or
globose, hairy. Petals 5, spreading, deciduous. Stamens many, spreading, red.
Carpels 3, united, ovary 3-celled, ovules many in each cell, styles fusiform,
stigmas usually capitate. Fruit a cup-shaped capsule, ovoid, woody, truncate
and contracted at the apex, opening by small loculicidal slits at the apex.