Evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs. Leaves simple, entire or palmately lobed with palmate divergent venation. Flowers white or whitish yellow, with articulated pedicels; bracts linear or subulate, deciduous. Calyx tube often sulcate, somewhat turbinate, adnate to the ovary. Petals erect, convergent and valvate in bud, recurved to revolute in open flowers. Anthers large, linear-oblong with a long connective, basifixed rarely dorsifixed or versatile, dithecous, dehiscence introrse or longitudinal. Disc margin crenulate or lobed. Ovary in¬ferior, uni- or bilocular, ovule 1 in each locule, anatropous, pendulous with 2 integuments. Drupe 1-seeded, flattened, with crustaceous or woody endocarp and fleshy or coriaceous exocarp. Seed compressed with 2 seed coats; embryo straight, central and as long as fleshy endosperm, cotyledons oblong-orbicular, foliaceous.