or small trees or suffrutescent undershrubs. Leaves petiolate, usually
alternate, entire, crenate or serraye, midrib prominent. Inflorescence simple or
compound umbels or racemes. Flowers perfect, white to pink, pentamerous, rarely
tetra- or hexamerous. Calyx shortly united at the base, persistent. Corolla
shortly united at the base, filaments usually short, broad, anthers large,
sagittate. Ovary unilocular with 3-12 or more ovules in one or more series.
Berry 1-seeded with crustaceous or bony endocarp. Seeds solitary, globose with
a hollow base.