scandent climbers or shrubs. Leaves petiolate, alternate, lamina ovate or
obovate to lanceolate, entire or serrulate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal,
simple or compound racemes or panicles. Flowers unisexual, dioecious, tetra- or
penta-merous. Sepals free, persistent. Petals free or slightly connate at the
base, elliptic to oblong. Stamens as many as corolla lobes, filaments slender,
elongate, anthers ovoid or oblong. Ovary superior, flask-shaped, pyriform or
ovoid, unilocular, styles short, stigmas disc-shaped, capitate. Berry globose
or obovoid, 1-seeded, glabrous. Seeds subglobose.