Low to tall shrubs with glabrous vegetative parts. Leaves opposite, petiolate, narrowly oblong to elliptic, attenuate at both ends, shiny; domatia absent; stipules broadly triangular, long-acuminate. Inflorescences axillary, few-flowered, pedunculate, in pairs at successive nodes. Flowers bisexual, sessile. Calyx cup-shaped, glabrous, with 5 unequal subspathulate lobes. Corolla +/- funnel-shaped, glabrous outside, with 5 ovate lobes, contorted. Stamens very narrowly oblong, sessile, with apices exserted. Ovary 2- or 3-locular, locules sometimes fusing in upper part; ovules 2-8 per locule; pollen presenter far exserted, spindle-shaped. Fruit baccate with juicy edible pulp. Seeds 1-15; testa fibrous; endosperm copious; embryo straight.
Species 6, trop. Africa; sthn trop. Afr. 2, Angola.
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