Tall trees, young branches ± tetragenous usually glabrous. Leaves dentate or almost entire. Inflorescence axillary, of dichasia or few-flowered pleiochasia, bracteoles broad enclosing the flowerbud, early caducous. Flowers bisexual, perianth and androecium on the rim of the hypanthium; Fruiting hypanthium cylindrical-ellipsoid, dehiscing into 4 (sometimes 2) equal valves.
Asia-Tropical:, New Guinea ‒ present Australasia:, Queensland (Queensland ‒ present)
Three species, Queensland (1 sp.), in Malesia: New Guinea (2 spp.).
Dryadodaphne is the only representative of the Atherospermatoideae in Malesia. The New Guinea material was originally confused with Daphnandra, and any reports of that genus from Malesia refer to Dryadodaphne.