Myrsine, named by Linnaeus because he considered that it resembled the myrtle. Chiefly trees and shrubs with a few scramblers and vines, sap occasionally coloured or resinous; leaves alternate, simple, glandular dots and or streaks, often coloured present rarely absent. Flowers small, 4-5-merous, stamens opposite to and attached to the petals. Ovary unilocular, ovules sunken in the placenta; fruit fleshy a berry or drupe.