Much-branched shrubs or small trees, evergreen or deciduous. Leaves opposite, simple, margins entire, petiolate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal panicles. Flowers bisexual, sweet-scented, usually white; calyx campanulate, with 4 small triangular-dentate lobes; corolla funnel-shaped, with 4 spreading lobes, valvate in bud; stamens 2, attached near top of corolla-tube, anthers included or exserted; ovary ovoid, 2-celled, ovules 2 per cell, style short, stigma 2-lobed. Fruit a berry; seeds 1 or 2.
About 50 species, from the Mediterranean region through Asia to Australia; 4 species in Australia, 1 native and 3 naturalized.