Medium-sized to large trees with an indumentum of simple hairs
Seeds numerous, vertically arranged, ovoid or subreniform, compressed, often large (up to 4 cm. long).
Fruit large, syncarpous, fleshy, indehiscent, subcylindrical to ovoid-globose, reticulate
Flowers hermaphrodite or male in many-flowered cymes borne on leafless branches or on trunk; buds subglobose; bracts cucullate; bracteoles 2, opposite at base of calyx, at first enclosing the buds
Sepals 3, valvate, united at the base, smaller than the petals
Petals 6, in 2 whorls of 3, the outer valvate, the inner somewhat smaller and slightly imbricate
Stamens numerous (less so in hermaphrodite flowers), linear or cuneiform; anther-cells linear, extrorse; connective with an enlarged disc-like prolongation; filaments very short