Corolla of 8 members fused at the base into a short tube, each member comprising a median and two lateral segments.
Sepals 8, in two dissimilar whorls of 4, shortly united at base.
Flowers borne in axils of current leaves, pedicelled.
Fruit baccate, dryish, 1 (few)–seeded.
Ovary densely hairy, 8–locular; style slender.
Staminodes alternating with stamens, triangular, dorsally and marginally pilose, bent inwards to form a cone sheathing the style.
Shrubs and trees, with leaves crowded at tips of branches.
Stamens 8, opposed to median segments; anthers extrorse.
Leaves stipulate, stipules persistent or caducous; vein reticulation characteristically fine and tessellate.
Seed ellipsoid, with large hilum occupying up to half the seed surface; testa crustaceous, dull; endosperm absent, cotyledons fleshy.
Corolla of 8 members fused at base into a short tube, each member usually divided again into three segments
Sepals 8, arranged in two dissimilar whorls of 4, slightly fused at base, densely pubescent externally
Flowers clustered in current leaf axils, usually several per axil, long-pedicellate
Seeds large, ± ovoid to subglobose, but frequently flattened on one side in fruits having more than one seed; scar large and covering up to half seed surface; endosperm absent; cotyledons plano-convex and occupying the whole of the seed.
Fruit baccate, dryish and coriaceous, 1-few-seeded
Ovary densely hairy, 8-locular; ovules solitary
Stamens 8, alternating with 8 broad entire staminodes
Leaves terminal and crowded at shoot apices
Leaf-lamina elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, coriaceous, glabrous or ± puberulous especially when young; midrib and lateral nerves raised, primary lateral nerves ascending, secondary nerves inconspicuous, venation reticulate