Small trees or shrubs; branchlets glabrous. Leaves paripinnate with winged rachis; leaflets up to 11-jugate, sessile, very narrowly oblong to oblong-elliptic, entire, glandular-punctate and shiny above, otherwise glabrous. Inflorescence a terminal or axillary paniculate thyrse. Flowers functionally male or female. Sepals 5, free almost to base, ciliolate, persistent. Petals 5, ovate, ciliolate. Disc lanate. Stamens 5, inserted between lobes of disc, sterile in female flowers. Ovary 2-locular; locules 1-ovulate; ovule pendent from apex of locule; pistillode present in male flowers. Fruit drupaceous, 1- or 2-locular, glabrous. Seeds 1 or 2, without arillode.
Species 3, Old World tropics; sthn trop. Afr. 1: Filicium decipiens (Wight & Arn.) Thwaites, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique.