Shrubs or small trees. Leaves alternate. Inflorescences of short axillary racemes. Bracts and bracteoles small, persistent. Flowers 5, zygomorphic. Sepals 5, free, the two inner slightly larger. Petals 5, subequal, joined at the base to the staminal sheath; keel with an appendage. Stamens 5. Ovary (2-)3-locular with 1 pendulous ovule per loculus. Fruit a subspherical berry. Seeds with long silky hairs.