Shrubs or trees,
monoecious, evergreen, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate or
distichous, symmetrical or asymmetrical, equilateral base, entire, penninerved,
short petiolate; stipulate.
Inflorescences axillary pedunculate, fasciculate, unisexual or bisexual,
few to many-flowered. Male flowers: pedicellate, sepals 3 + (2-) 3, free,
imbricate; petals and disc absent; stamens 3-8, sessile. Female flowers: sessile; calyx with 3 + (2-)
3 free sepals, campanulate, 3-6 irregular lobes; petals and disc absent; ovary
3-15-locular, each locule biovulate; styles as many as locules, globose,
turbinate. Fruits capsular, seated on
non-accrescent calyx and crowned by style column, depressed subglobose, 3-15-locular,
unlobed or shallowly to deeply lobed, crustaceous or coriaceous. Seeds 3-15,
trigonous or hemispherical, laterally compressed, with red arillate coat.