Small shrub. Leaves alternate, stiff. Flowers in the axils of bracts, subtended by leaf-like bracteoles, these overtopping the flowers; flowers bisexual; perianth 5-lobed, the lobes with a wing-like outgrowth below the middle in fruit; stamens 5, alternating with the semi-orbicular lobes of the hypogynous disk; anthers with appendages sagittately split to the base. Seeds horizontal, rarely vertical, occupying only the lower part of the fruit. One sp.,
Rhaphidophyton regelii (Bunge) Iljin , C Asia.