Large trees to small trees. Buttresses absent. Spines absent. Stilt roots absent. Bark gray, brown; peeling in strips. Slash orange, brown. Vertical stripes in the inner bark or wood absent. Odor absent. Exudate absent. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Complex hairs absent. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum absent.
Leaves two-ranked; not scale-like; simple; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous, or leathery; not gland-dotted; symmetric at the base; not dissected; smooth margined, or wavy margined. Epidermis waxy, or not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent, or not prominent, but visible. Smallest veins not prominent, but visible, or not visible; net like. Intramarginal vein present. Stalk of blade less than a quarter the length of the blade; not winged; attached to base of leaf blade; not swollen. Stipules absent. Domatia absent. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf absent.
Inflorescences present; axillary; the flowers from a single point on the stem; specialized inflorescence units absent; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts absent. Flowers bisexual; stalked; about 0.5 cm long or across to to about 3 cm long or across; round; with male or female parts not raised on a column. Hypanthium absent. Disk absent. Perianth present; with distinct calyx and corolla whorls. Sepals 3; free; not persistent in fruit; not growing any further after flowering. Epicalyx absent. Petals present; 6; free; fleshy; deciduous; not stalked; entire. Stamens 9-12; filaments absent; free of the perianth; all equal in size; diplostemonous. Anthers 2 loculed; not awned; dehiscing by short slits. Ovary superior. Carpels solitary; 1. Locules 1. Styles absent, or solitary. Stigmas 1 lobed; not distinctive. Fruit berry-like; non-fleshy; not multiple; not splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 2 per fruit; about 1 cm long to much more than 1 cm long; wingless; with folds like marble, in cross- section; aril absent; endospermic.
6 petals, inner ones longer; stamens few; 1 carpel. Taxon images: mezzett.gif
Cite this publication as: Jarvie, J.K. and
Ermayanti (1996 onwards). `Tree Genera of Borneo - Descriptions and
Dallwitz (1980) and Dallwitz, Paine and Zurcher (1993) should also be cited.