Trees and shrubs. Flowers medium-sized or large, in few- to several-flowered inflorescences opposite the leaves, or rarely pseudo-axillary; pedicels articulated immediately above a nearly basal bract and bearing another bract above the artic- ulation. Sepals small, with thin margins, imbricate in bud. Petals much longer than the sepals, more or less blackening when dried, orbicular-elliptic, imbricate in bud, their margins thin and more or less crispate. Stamens very numerous, the connective expanded above the anther into a truncate disk; pollen sacs not locellate. Carpels numerous, containing 1 basal, erect ovule. Monocarps free, stipitate, 1-seeded.