Seeds 8–10, in a fleshy pulp, the testa surrounded by a viscid ± fleshy aril.
Fruit leathery to almost woody, dehiscing with 2–5 valves
Leaves ± persistent, alternate, entire to serrate, petiolate, fugaciously stipulate
Flowers dioecious, the ♂ ones in axillary cyme-like short racemes, the ♀ usually solitary in the axils of the upper leaves
Male flowers: stamens 8–12; filaments shorter than the anthers, the latter basifixed, the 2 thecae opening with terminal pores or slits. Rudiment of ovary 0
Shrubs or trees with simple and stellate hairs
Female flowers: sepals and petals similar to those of the ♂ flowers. Ovary sessile, 1-locular, with 2–5 multi-ovulate placentas; styles 2–5, free or connate at base, short; stigmas obtuse
Sepals 5, almost free, ± valvate in bud
Petals 5, free, with a rather fleshy scale adnate to the base inside
Male flowers: stamens 8–12, free; filaments shorter than the anthers; anthers 2-thecous, opening by terminal pores.
Petals 5, free with a more or less fleshy scale adnate to the base within.
Fruit a globose, woody or slightly fleshy capsule, with 2–5 valves dehiscing from above.
Female flowers: ovary sessile, 1-locular with 2–5 parietal placentas, ovules ?; styles 2–5, short, free or connate at the base.
Sepals 5, almost free, more or less valvate in bud.
Male flowers in axillary cymes or racemes, female flowers usually solitary in the axils.
Seeds few or fairly numerous, testa surrounded by a viscid rather fleshy coating; endosperm copious.
Unarmed shrubs or trees with minute stellate hairs.