Description: Trees or shrubs.
Leaves opposite, subopposite or rarely whorled, simple, margins entire or toothed.
Inflorescences terminal racemes. Calyx 4-toothed. Petals 4, linear, often cohering into a tube and spreading towards apex. Stamens 4. Ovary inferior, 1-locular.
Fruit a 1-seeded berry.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 91 spp., Himalayas to Australia. Australia: 6 spp. (endemic), Qld, NSW.
This genus may not belong in Escalloniaceae - evidence is equivocal on placement. APGIII places it here rather than in its own family.
Text by KL Wilson (April 2010; Sept 2006); GJ Harden (1992). Distribution and occurrence updated by Kerry Gibbons 25 May 2023.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol. 3 (1992); Distribution and occurrence: Kew Plants of the World Online; Australian Plant Census [both accessed 25 May 2023].