trees or shrubs. Leaves more or less crenate or serrate or entire. Flowers in
slender axillary or subterminal false racemes, spikes or panicles, solitary or
fasciculate. Calyx tube adnate to the
ovary. Sepals flat, persistent. Petals alternating with the sepals, persistent.
Stamens opposite the petals, solitary or in fascicles of 2-7. Ovary
half-superior, 1-locular, with 2-3 or sometimes 8 placentas, styles 2-4,
stigmas punctiform. Fruit a capsule, coriaceous or woody, 2-3 valved from the
apex, or remaining indehiscent.