Deciduous small shrubs or trees; branches with very unequal internodes, some slender and elongated, others at apices very condensed; petiolar scars prominent Leaves opposite, petiolate, tufted at ends of shoots; blades thin, with pubescent domatia; stipules scarious, persistent. Flowers fragrant, solitary, terminal, 5(6-8)-merous, surrounded at base by scarious scales. Calyx: tube cylindric-turbinate; free tubular part of limb very short; lobes elongate, persistent. Corolla turning black on drying; tube short to very long, cylindric, apical part narrowly to broadly funnel-shaped, tube pubescent towards base; lobes contorted, overlapping to the left. Stamens sessile, apices of anthers just about reaching mouth of throat; pollen grains in tetrads, golden yellow. Ovary with 2 placentas forming 2 locules; ovules many; style swollen into an ellipsoid swelling at level of anthers with 2 closely adnate stigmatic lobes. Fruit globose or pyriform, crowned with persistent calyx lobes; peduncle accrescent. Seeds irregularly lenticular, compressed.
Species 2, trop. Africa; sthn trop. Afr. 2, Angola.
Randia L., in part.