Tall shrubs or small trees, glabrous, often spinescent. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, sometimes toothed. Flowers small, bisexual, in axillary, dichotomously branched panicles, alternating from node to node. Calyx 5-lobed or -segmented. Petals 5, usually free, longer than calyx, imbricate, white. Stamens 5, alternating with petals; filaments subterete. Disc absent. Ovary sessile, pubescent, 1-locular, with 2 pendulous ovules; style sometimes sublateral, simple or obscurely lobed. Fruit a nearly dry, subglobose or ovoid drupe with a woody endocarp. Seed solitary, endosperm copious.
Species 6, Africa and Madagascar; 2 in forest areas of sthn Afr.