Shrub, low, bushy, maritime, dioecious or monoecious. Leaves opposite, simple, narrow, fleshy; stipules minute. Inflorescence a spike, cone-like, small, axillary, +/- sessile; stipules minute. Flowers unisexual. Staminate flowers 8-12, initially enclosed in a sac-like organ which may be sepals or a pair of bractlets, splitting with age; perianth parts 4, alternate stamens; stamens 4, anthers opening by longitudinal slits. Pistillate flower 4-12, not enclosed; perianth 0; ovary superior, fleshy, chambers 4, ovule 1 per chamber, stigmas 2, head-like, sessile. Fruit drupe-like, water dispersed. Seeds 1-4, hard walled. One genus, 2 species. Batis arguillicola of New Guinea and northeast Australia is monoecious. Hickman, Ed. 362.
A single genus of warmer parts of the world. One species in the genus. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 242).