Perennial herbs or subshrubs. Leaves distichous. Inf. a terminal panicle (in ours). Flowers (in ours) actinomorphic, bisexual, borne on articulated pedicels. Tepals 6, in 2 ± equal whorls of 3. Stamens 6 in two whorls of 3. Ovary superior (in ours), 3-locular. Fruit a berry (in ours). Seeds black, without an aril.