L., Sp. Pl. 7 (1753).
Derivation: The classical Latin name.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Shrubs, rarely tree-like, evergreen or deciduous; leaves opposite, simple, entire.
Inflorescence terminal or axillary, cymose-paniculate; flowers hermaphrodite, often strongly scented; calyx small, campanulate, with 4 blunt dentate lobes; corolla sympetalous, with 4 valvate lobes; stamens 2, attached near the top of the corolla tube, anthers ellipsoid, enclosed or exserted; ovary ovoid; style terminal, with a more or less 2-lobed stigma.
Fruit a 1- or 2-seeded drupelet.
About 40 species in Europe and Asia to tropical Australia.
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