trees, shrubs or climbers, armed or unarmed. Leaves simple, alternate,
petiolate, oblong or ovate, entire. Flowers in axillary fascicles or condensed
cymes, pedicellate, usually bisexual, white. Sepals 4-10, connate in a calyx
tube, adnate to the ovary. Petals 4-10. Stamens as many as or twice as many as
the petals or even more, anthers elongated. Carpels 1-3, syncarpous; ovary
inferior, unilocular or bilocular with a pendulous solitary ovule. Berry
1-seeded. Seed oblong.