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Trees, dioecious, deciduous, entirely glabrous. Leaves alternate, usually crowded at the ends of branchlets, digitately trifoliolate, long-petioled; leaflets obovate, cuneate-obovate, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, denticulate-serrulate along margins, caudate or acuminate or apiculate at apex, penninerved; stipules caducous. Inflorescences axillary, thyrsiform, paniculate or racemose, pedunculate, up to 30 cm long. Male flowers: pedicellate; sepals 5, shortly connate at base, imbricate, cucullate; petals absent; disc absent; stamens 5, free, opposite to and enclosed by sepals; anthers suborbicular or oblong, dorsifixed, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode broad, peltate, shortly stipitate. Female flowers: pedicellate; sepals 5, imbricate, caducous; petals absent; disc absent; staminodes 5, small or absent; ovary 3 (or 4)-locular; locules biovulate; styles 3 (or4), simple, stout. Fruits drupaceous, subglobose, indehiscent, 3 (or 4)-locular; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp thin, horny; seeds 3 - 6, turgidly trigonous-oblong.

Asia, from Sri Lanka and India to China, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, 2 species; one in India.




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