Trees, shrubs or shrublets. Flowers
solitary or in few-flowered cymes or fascicles, terminal or
extra-axillary. Bracteoles 0-2, persistent. Sepals 3,
much shorter than the petals. Petals 6, in two whorls,
free or connate at base. Stamens numerous, linear to
linear-clavate. Carpels numerous, united in fruit.
Fruit ovoid-spherical to cylindric, many-seeded. Seeds irregularly
arranged in the fruit; aril like a caruncle.
Worldwide: 137 genera, mostly S American with a few (8) in Africa.
Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.Insects associated with this genus:
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