Leaves alternate, often distichous.
Inflorescence axillary, cymes, sometimes reduced to 1 flower. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 5, imbricate, basally united. Petals 5, imbricate. Stamens 5, closely appressed to disc, often alternating with 5 short staminodes. Ovary immersed in and fused to a large hemisperical disc, apex hollow, lined with 5 stigmatic lines ending in 5 apical stigmatic tufts and filled by a style-like column, 10-locular with each loculus divided horizontally into 2–4 superposed 1-ovuled loculi.
Fruit drupaceous, hard and fleshy with few to many bony 1-seeded pyrenes.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 7 species, South-East Asia, Malesia, Australia. Australia: 3 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W.
Text by T. A. James
|One species in NSW: Siphonodon australis|