Trees, shrubs or prostrate creepers. Cotyledons 2–9-lobed; adult leaves usually alternate, sometimes opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4, simple, entire, sessile or shortly petiolate. Flowers actinomorphic (in Victoria), pedicellate, solitary in leaf axils or appearing as short axillary or terminal racemes by suppression or reduction of leaves. Tepals free but usually coherent towards the base, spine-tipped, usually yellow, laminae recurved; anthers free or basally fused to tepals; hypogynous glands 4 (in Victoria), small, free; ovary shortly stipitate, usually 2-ovulate; style terminal, long and straight, tip not modified into a pollen presenter; stigma terminal. Fruit a 1- or 2-seeded drupe.
About 90 species endemic to Australia, occurring in all States.