Fig. 49 Shrubs or trees. Seemingly without leaves. Flowers solitary or in clusters in the axils of opposite bladeless bracts, subtended by 2 leaf-like bracteoles; perianth lobes 5, free, accrescent in fruit, reflexed, each bearing an horizontal wing; stamens 5 (-4); disk present; connective without appendages; stigmas 2-3, awl-shaped, thickened. Seeds horizontal; embryo plane-spiral. Zn = 18. 20 to 30 spp., Asia, Mediterranean Europe.