Shrubs or small trees; branches glabrous or pubescent. Leaves opposite, petiolate; domatia present or absent; stipules triangular. Flowers bisexual, sweetly scented, 5-merous, pedicellate in pedunculate axillary cymes; bracts and bracteoles present. Calyx glabrous or pubescent; tube extremely short; lobes ovate. Stamens arising at top of corolla tube, exserted and spreading when mature; filaments short; anthers dorsifixed near base, narrowly oblong, with distinctly apiculate connective. Disc annular. Ovary 2-locular; placentas small, attached near top of locules, bearing 2 pendulous ovules or rarely one ovule on a larger placenta; style short, subulate, pubescent; stigmatic club deeply bifid, but two halves often held together; 5 membranous ciliate wings present on each lobe. Fruit fleshy, globose, 2-locular; calyx limb persistent. Seeds (2-)4 per fruit, +/- 1/4(-1/2)-spherical, finely reticulate; endosperm ruminate; placenta forming a small aril-like structure at apex of pair of seeds.
Species 2, trop. Africa, Madagascar; sthn trop. Afr. 1: Galiniera saxifraga (Hochst.) Bridson, Zambia, Malawi.