A genus of about 15 species of evergreen shrubs or trees.  Leaves alternate, simple, with petioles but lacking stipules.  Flowers dioecious (male and female plants), lacking petals and not showy.  Fruit is a drupe.   Native to Asia.
Daphniphyllum: Greek daphne, laurel, phyllon, a leaf.  Daphne is the Greek name for the bay tree or laurel, Laurus nobilus, the name was later transferred to the genus Daphne .  The leaves of these evergreen shrubs and small trees resemble the Bay Laurel (Stearn, 1996).