shrubs or trees, rarely climbers. Leaves opposite, 1-foliolate or 3-foliolate,
leaflets entire. Inflorescence axillary, paniculate, subcorymbose or 1 to a few
flowers. Flowers bisexual, 4-merous. Sepals free or connate at base. Petals
valvate, deciduous or rarely persistent, white. Stamens 8, filaments often
densely ciliate at the base. Ovary superior, 4-8 chambered, style twisted,
cells with 2 axillary ovules. Fruit a 4-8 locular drupe, 1-2 seeds per cells.