Shrubs, glabrous or nearly so, dioecious or hermaphrodite. Leaves alternate or clustered on short lateral branches, entire to toothed; stipules minute, caducous. Flowers solitary or clustered, axillary, often on older stems, slightly zygomorphic or actinomorphic. Sepals often unequal, shortly united at base or free; petals more or less equal; staminal filaments united above, connective extending into a toothed appendage. Fruit a drupe or a berry usually 2-seeded, occasionally 1- or 3-seeded; seeds with caruncle.
About 15 species, in Australia (including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands), New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands; 2 species in mainland Australia and Tasmania, .