erect or subscandent shrubs, woody. Leaves alternate or crowded, sessile or
petiolate, entire, with strong costae or many fine parallel nerves. Flowers in
terminal racemes, panicles, heads or umbels, bracts small, perianth corolline,
campanulate, infundibulifrom or tubular, 6-lobed. Stamens 6, adnate to base
of perianth-tube, filaments filiform, or
flattened, anthers versatile. Carpels 3, ovary trilocular, style filiform,
stigma capitate, ovule solitary. Fruit a berry, 2 or 3-lobed, globose. Seeds
with small embryo, globose or angled.