A genus of shrubs and trees that have alternate or opposite, simple leaves with stipules. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, regular, bisexual, and usually borne in cymes. There are 4 or 5 sepals. The petals are not always present, but if present they are small and incurved, often folding over the 4 or 5 stamens. The ovary is superior with 2 or 3 locules, and a simple style. The fruits are fleshy and the seeds are usually dispersed by mammals and birds which feed on the fruits. Several species are cultivated as ornamentals. There are about 40 species, confined to Australia and New Zealand.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.