Coptosperma Hook.f.: 86 (1873). Enterospermum Hiern: 92 (1877). Zygoon Hiern: 114 (1877).
Straggling to climbing shrubs. Leaves usually petiolate, lanceolate; stipules ovate, deciduous. Flowers terminal, usually in axillary, pedunculate, corymbose cymes; bracts present or 0; bracteoles present, often on pedicel. Calyx usually 5- or 6-lobed; lobes oblong, concave, +/- as long as or somewhat shorter than cylindric tube. Corolla white to yellowish, glabrous or bearded in throat; lobes +/- oblong, contorted; tube cylindrical, slightly shorter or longer than lobes. Stamens 5 or 6, arising in corolla throat, +/- included; filaments linear, shorter than anthers; anthers linear, minutely apiculate, obtusely sagittate. Disc annular. Ovary 2-locular, with 1 or more ovules in each locule on fleshy placentas; style terete, +/- exserted; pollen presenter narrowly spindle-shaped, bifid at apex only, rarely completely bifid. Fruit either 1-locular and 1-seeded or 2-locular with 1-several seeds in each locule, scarcely fleshy, usually pale green to green, white or black when mature. Seeds spherical with an irregular to +/- regular hilar cavity; surface reticulate. x = 11.
Species 180, Old World tropics; 8 in sthn Afr., Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.