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Trees or large shrubs, monoecious or dioecious; branches almost pithy, glabrous. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets opposite or subopposite; stipules caducous, sometimes absent. Flowers 4 - 5-merous, in axilary long-peduncled compound cymes; bracts small, caducous; pedicels articulate. Sepals 4 - 5, free, persistent. Petals 4 - 5, longer than sepals, valvate, persistent. Stamens 4 - 5, hairy; anthers emarginate, versatile. Disk thick, pubescent, sometimes accrescent in fruit. Carpels 4 - 5, free, pubescent; styles connate above; stigma filiform. Ovules solitary, basal. Fruits 1 - 4, drupaceous, globose, wrinkled when dry; seeds with broad hilum and hard and thick testa.

Tropics of Asia and the New World with ca 8 species; 2 species in India.


1a. Leaflets entire; flowers 4-merous 1. Picrasma javanica
b. Leaflets serrate or crenate; flowers 5-merous 2. Picrasrna quassioides

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