Shrubs or trees. Leaves petiolate or sessile,
entire, glabrous. Flowers in compound bracteate cymes, often condensed to
sessile fascicles of flowers or few-flowered heads, 4-merous. Calyx campanulate
to cyathiform or urceolate, truncate or shallowly 4-lobed. Petals rotund,
oblong or ovate, often oblique. Stamens 8, equal, isomorphic, filaments
filiform, anthers small, elliptic. Ovary inferior, 1-celled, apex truncate,
8-salcated, ovules 6-12, styles filiform. Fruit a baccate drupe, globose or
ellipsoid, pulpy or juicy, 1-seeded. Seeds globular, glabrous.