Evergreen trees or shrubs, with simple hairs and sometimes with multicellular glandular hairs. Leaves alternate, pinnately nerved. Inflorescence axillary, cymose, unisexual or with both male and female flowers; bracts minute, deciduous. Male and female perianth 4- or 5-lobed. Male flowers globular; stamens 4 or 5, included or exserted; anthers dorsifixed, introrse; pistillode present, hirsute. Female flowers ovoid; staminodes usually present; ovary sessile, with short style; stigmas spreading or incurved. Fruit a drupe.
About 15 species in tropical to temperate regions; 2 species native to Australia.