Evergreen trees or shrubs, with ovate to obovate, entire leaves, and usually axillary, simple or compound racemes. Flowers small, white, 5-merous, uni- or bi-sexual, bracteolate. Calyx shortly 5-toothed, persistent. Corolla campanulate with 5 imbricate lobes. Stamens 5; filaments short, united at the base of corolla-tube. Ovary semi-inferior, many-ovuled on a free central placenta; style short with capitate stigma. Berry many-seeded, globose, surrounded by persistent calyx; seeds minute, angular.