Dioecious shrubs, invested at least when young with globular hairs which may collapse to form a thin scurfy or silvery layer. Leaves opposite or alternate, entire or somewhat lobed at base. Inflorescence a panicle or spike-like thyrse; bracts small or absent. Flowers in clusters; perianth globular; tepals 5, united at base, often enlarged and spreading in fruit; male flowers with 5 stamens, usually united at base; female flowers with staminodes (when terminal) or without, ovary glabrous; stigmas 2, sessile. Fruit a small depressed-globular berry; pericarp succulent; seed horizontal, depressed-globular to lenticular.
Endemic Australian genus of 11 species, represented in all States.