Ovary 1-locular, with 5–8 multi-ovulate placentas; style simple, distally truncate-subcapitate or divided into 5–8 short stigmatic lobes or branches
Petals 8–13, ± twice as large as the sepals, obovate or oblanceolate, ± clawed, thin, white, scented
Stamens very numerous; filaments filiform; anthers linear-subsagittate, dehiscing by apical pores or ± elongate longitudinal slits
Flowers rather large, in abbreviated racemes, or in fascicles, or solitary, axillary or from old branches or from the trunk, bisexual and ♂ in the same specimen, sometimes appearing before the leaves
Leaves persistent or deciduous, alternate, entire to undulate, petiolate, glabrous or glandular-punctate, quite often glutinous when young; stipules ± caducous
Fruit an echinate or smooth, dehiscent ovoid-subglobose to slightly obovoid capsule splitting into 5–8 valves, many-seeded, the seeds generally embedded in a fleshy or gelatinous pulp.
Fruit an echinate or smooth, dehiscent, ovoid, globose or ellipsoid capsule splitting into 5–8 valves, many-seeded and sometimes with a fleshy or gelatinous pulp.
Petals 8–12, larger than the sepals.
Stamens ?, with linear or sagittate-linear anthers dehiscing by slits or pores.
Ovary 1-locular with 5–8 multiovulate placentas; style simple with 5–8 distinct stigmas or the stigmatic apex only slightly lobed and somewhat peltate.
Shrubs or trees with unarmed branches.
Leaves on long petioles or almost sessile; lamina glabrous, scaly or hairy, sometimes glandular-punctate.