Trees or shrubs, dioecious or flowers sometimes spuriously polygamous. Leaves paripinnate; leaflets up to 14-jugate. Flowers in dense, axillary clusters. Sepals 5 or 6. Petals 0. Disc pulvinate. Stamens 5 or 6, arising in centre of disc. Ovary 3-locular, 3-angled; with a single ovule in each locule. Fruit a spherical, 1-seeded, pink to red berry. Seeds erect, baccate; arillode dorsally split and nearly covering seed.
Species +/- 7, Africa and Madagascar; 1 in sthn Afr.: Haplocoelum gallense (Engl.) Radlk.; subtropical bush of KwaZulu-Natal.