- Leaves simple, alternate, entire, distichous.
- Without stipules.
- Watery red latex.
- Stellate hairs.
- Flowers small, 3-parted, on large axillary inflorescences.
- Fruit a 2-valved capsule; a single seed with red or white stringy aril.
Diagnosis: Trees, watery red latex, without stipules, leaves simple, alternate, entire, numerous straight lateral veins, stellate hairs, many straight branches radiating horizontally from trunk (myristicaceous branching pattern).
|Annonaceae||: simple hairs, fewer lateral veins, without red sap.
|Lauraceae||: leaves spiraled, without red sap or stellate hairs, lateral veins fewer and curved.
Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 4 species. Trees: 2 genera, 4 species.