Shrubs or (not in Victoria) small trees, glabrous; branches striate with decurrent ridges below leaf scars. Leaves alternate, scale-like, often early caducous. Inflorescences of solitary, pedunculate flowers or clusters of flowers in axils of leaves or bracts, often numerous and flowering branches then appearing c. spike-like. Flowers minute, bisexual, subsessile; bracteoles 2 or more per flower, persistent; tepals 5, fleshy, apically inflexed, persistent; stamens 5, filaments short, sometimes with small appendages, anthers 4-lobed, opening by 4 valves; disc cupular, slightly lobed; ovary inferior, ovules 2, style very short, stigma entire or obscurely 2–5-lobed. Fruit a drupe, globose to ovoid, dry at maturity, crowned by persistent tepals.
6 species, in southern Australia.