Description: Trees or shrubs, evergreen.
Leaves alternate, simple [or compound]; stipules absent.
Inflorescences various, flowers often clustered in axils of leaves. Flowers bisexual [or unisexual and then plants monoecious]; 4–6-merous. Calyx tubular, lobed. Petals longer than calyx. Stamens twice as many as petals, filaments [slender] or broadly dilated and abruptly constricted in upper half. Disc lobed, sometimes ± forming a gynophore. Carpels with ovaries free or cohering basally; styles fused; ovules 1 or 2 per carpel, apical.
Fruit drupaceous, sometimes woody.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 40 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 2–4 species (endemic), Qld., N.S.W.
Text by G. J. Harden
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Carpels villous; leaves <13 mm wide.||Quassia sp. Moonee Creek (King s.n., Nov 1949)|
|Carpels glabrous; leaves >14 mm wide.||Quassia sp. Mt Nardi (Floyd 1198)|