Trees or shrubs. Leaves mostly coriaceous, alternate, simple, entire, pinnately veined; stipules large enclosing young growth, later deciduous leaving annular scars around stem and often longitudinal scars on petioles. Flowers axillary or terminal, solitary, bisexual, enclosed at first by deciduous spathe-like bracts. Perianth parts 9-12 (-15) in whorls of 3, petaloid or the outer whorl sometimes sepal like. Stamens numerous, anther usually with an apical appendage. Carpels numerous, rarely few, free or united, spirally arranged on an elongated receptacle. Fruiting carpels dehiscing longitudinally or transversely; seeds 1 or more suspended at maturity by thread-like funicles.
Evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs.Stipules adnate to petioles.Flowers terminal, perinath part 9-12 in 3-4 whorls.Stamens several-seriate, shorter than receptacle. Carpels free,densely crowded on receptacle, in fruit dehiscing along dorsal suture;seeds 1-2.
Deciduous free, 12-15m. Leaves unfolding after flowers, elliptic to obovate 25-33x10-14cm, stipular scar 5-7mm. Flowers erect c 15cm across, enclosed at first by spathe-like bracts 4.5-6cm, densely sericeous; perianth parts c 12, outer ones yellowish, inner white, purple near base. Stamens and carpels purplish. Fruiting receptacle cylindrical, c 15x3cm; carpels obovoid, laterally compressed 1-1.5cm.