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Shrubs or small trees, usually glabrous. Leaves short petioled, simple, alternate, glabrous or faintly pimpled on both surfaces, thinly coriaceous, exstipulate. Inflorescence axillary racemes, rachis slender. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, glabrous; bracts broadly scaly, pale green. Perianth urceolate, limb 4-partite. Stamens 4, opposite to the perianth lobes, filaments flattened. Ovary superior, unilocular, ovule solitary, stigmas on a short style. Fruit a drupe, ellipsoid to obovoid, with a crustaceous stone. Seeds pendulous.