Fls perfect; hypanthium tubular, not constricted above the ovary, bearing 8 short included stamens near the middle; sep 4, spreading, petaloid; pet none; style very short, with a large, capitate stigma; fr a drupe; shrubs with conspicuous fls in axillary or terminal clusters. 70, Old World.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.