Trees. Leaves pinnate, petiolate; leaflets in 3 or 4 pairs, obtusely toothed and undulate on margin. Flowers bisexual, regular; in axillary panicles shorter than leaves. Sepals 5, connate at base to form a saucer-shaped calyx with small lobes. Petals 5, slightly longer than calyx, +/- quadrate, reflexed at apex, each with a thick appendage longer than petal. Disc cupular. Stamens 6-10; filaments subterete. Ovary 2- or 3-locular; with a solitary, basal ovule in each locule; style short, thick; stigma simple. Fruit 2-lobed, with fleshy pericarp. Seeds without an aril.
Species 1: Smelophyllum capense Radlk., Eastern Cape, forest areas of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Humansdorp and Uniondale Districts.