Trees. Leaves: lamina with readily distinguished lateral veins, these straight and parallel. Flowers usually bisexual, 5-merous, borne in fascicles on new or old wood. Calyx of 5 sepals, arranged spirally or in 1 whorl, free to base. Corolla of 5 entire lobes, united into a tube below. Fruit a fleshy berry. Seeds 2-5, with abundant endosperm and with a long lateral scar.