Tapiphyllum Robyns in part, as to T. parvifolium (Sond.) Robyns.
Shrubs or small trees, with glabrous to densely velvety foliage. Leaves paired, shortly petiolate, often quite large, elliptic, oblong, or somewhat rounded; stipules broad, connate at base, apex with linear or subulate appendage, villous within. Flowers shortly petiolate; many together in axillary racemes or cymes; bracteate. Calyx glabrous, or hairy, often persistent, 5-lobed; lobes ovate, longer than tube; tube saucer-shaped. Corolla 5-lobed, yellow or greenish yellow, glabrous or hairy; lobes narrowly triangular, mostly reflexed; tube cylindric or campanulate, villous in throat, with a ring of deflexed hairs inside. Stamens 5, arising in corolla mouth; shortly exserted; filaments linear, shorter than anthers; anthers oblong or ovate, often apiculate. Ovary 5-locular, with a single pendulous ovule in each locule; style terete, sometimes swollen at base, shortly exserted; stigma thickened, cylindric, furrowed, minutely to distinctly 5-lobed at apex. Fruit large, indehiscent, +/- globose, often lobed or angular in dry state, usually 5-locular with 5 pyrenes, sometimes with persistent calyx, often edible. x = 11 (aneuploids, polyploidy).
Species 27, tropical Africa and Madagascar; 5 in sthn Afr., widespread but absent from Western Cape.