Shrubs or trees, glabrous or with simple hairs. Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire. Inflorescence a loose, many-flowered panicle, terminal and upper axillary. Flowers small, bisexual, usually 5-(sometimes 4-)merous; sepals free; petals valvate or imbricate (not in Victoria), deciduous; stamens free, opposite sepals, divergent; carpels lacking sterile apices, partially immersed in thick, fleshy disc, ovary 4- or 5-locular or -lobed, style terminal on ovary, short, stigma capitate, 4- or 5-lobed, 2 ovules per loculus. Fruit of 1–5 distinct follicles, not transversely ridged, rounded; seeds shiny, blue-black, held in dehiscing follicles by persistent funiculus.
8 species, in mostly tropical and subtropical rainforest in Australia (5 species), New Guinea and New Caledonia.