Erect or sometimes scandent shrubs or small trees; bark of trunk and larger branches corky, pale brown, often with conical corky bosses surmounted, at least at first, by a prickle; smaller branches +/- prickly or unarmed, pubescent to +/- glabrous. Leaves not crowded at ends of branches, usually imparipinnate; leaflets opposite, in 2-7 pairs, usually asymmetric, margins crenate-serrate to crenate, sometimes entire; petioles and rachis winged. Inflorescences paniculate, axillary or terminal. Sepals 4 or 5(6), united at base. Petals 4 or 5(6), much longer than sepals, valvate, pubescent to glabrous outside. Stamens 8-10; filaments with a hairy appendage at base. Disc annular. Ovary 4- or 5-locular, globose or 4- or 5-lobed, with 1 pendulous ovule per locule; styles completely fused; stigma capitate, 4- or 5-lobed. Fruit a 4- or 5(6)-lobed, depressed-globose berry with 4 or 5(6) seeds.
Species 3 or 4, in trop. Africa, SE Asia and tropical Australia; sthn trop. Afr. 1: Harrisonia abyssinica Oliv., Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique.