Shrubs or trees. Leaves simple, alternate or opposite; stipules usually present. Flowers bisexual, regular. Disc present, perigynous or epigynous. Floral tube usually present. Sepals 4–5, valvate. Petals 4–5, hooded or concave, minute or absent. Stamens 4–5, perigynous or epigynous, opposite the petals or alternating with the single perianth whorl. Ovary superior or inferior, 2–4-locular; style short, simple or branched. Fruit a capsule or drupaceous. 60 gen., cosmop.