Shrubs or small trees, occasionally somewhat scrambling. Leaves opposite or occasionally in whorls of 3, petiolate; often with domatia in axils of nerves beneath; stipules connate at base, oblong or triangular, villous within, often +/- persistent, ending in a linear or subulate, +/- deciduous appendage. Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2-10(-15)-flowered, sometimes umbel-like cymes; peduncles and pedicels mostly well developed; bracts and sometimes bracteoles present, small. Calyx with tube +/- subglobose; limb short, truncate or shortly toothed. Corolla 5-lobed, white, cream, yellowish or greenish; lobes shorter than to longer than tube, acute to very distinctly long-apiculate or with a filiform appendage; tube cylindric, glabrous or hairy with a ring of deflexed hairs in middle. Stamens 5, slightly to distinctly exserted; anthers often mucronate or slightly appendaged, often papillate; filaments very short. Disc depressed, glabrous. Ovary 2-5(6)-locular; ovules 1 per locule, pendulous, attached to upper part of septum; style usually exserted, slightly swollen at base; stigmatic knob coroniform, 2-5-lobed at apex. Fruit a subglobose drupe, with (2-)4 or 5 pyrenes; pyrenes narrowly +/- reniform or boat-shaped, often pitted. x = 11 (1 report, polyploidy).
Species 70, tropical Africa; 2 in sthn Afr.: Botswana and N KwaZulu-Natal.