Glabrous trees or shrubs. Stipules
small, free, caducous. Leaves all opposite, or subopposite to alternate on young shoots. Infl pedunculate to sessile, regularly dichasial, in axils of foliage leaves or prophylls; bracts persistent. Flowers bisexual (in ours) or unisexual. Sepals, petals and stamens 3-5. Stamens united with base of disk. Ovary superior, 2-3-locular. Fruit drupaceous, hard
or ± fleshy. Seeds 1-2(-3), without an aril.
Worldwide: 15 species in the Old World tropics, S Africa, C America and W Indies
Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species