Shrubs or trees. Leaves simple, toothed or spinose, alternate, stipulate. Inflorescence terminal and axillary, densely elongate-racemiform or shortly cymose. Flowers small, regular; unisexual and bisexual flowers on the same plant, 5-merous except carpels. Disc annular. Pistil bicarpellary, syncar¬pous; ovary semi-inferior, bilocular with axile placentation; ovules many, biseriate; styles 2, connate with the capitate stigma. Fruit a septicidal capsule. Seeds many, oblong, granular.