Dioecious or monoecious trees with a simple indumentum; buds often with protective scales. Leaves alternate, petiolate, stipulate, simple, crenate-serrate to subentire, chartaceous or subcoriaceous, penninerved, sparingly gland-dotted on lower surface; petioles often pulvinate and geniculate. Inflorescence s axillary, solitary or congested, pedunculate or sessile, spicate, racemose or subpaniculate, unisexual or bisexual; bracts rigid, +/- scarious. Male flowers shortly pedicellate; calyx closed in bud, ovoid, apiculate, later splitting into 4 or 5 valvate lobes; petals absent; stamens many, inserted on a globose receptacle, filaments free, anthers with slightly oblique pendulous thecae, apicifixed, introrse, longitudinally dehiscent, connective produced; disc glands free; pistillode absent. Femaleflowers subsessile or very shortly pedicellate; sepals (4)5(6), imbricate, persistent; petals absent; disc hypogynous, annular or cupuliform, entire or +/- crenulate, thick, pubescent or setose; ovary 3-celled, with 1 ovule per cell; styles 3, +/- free or connate at base, bifid or bipartite, papillose. Fruit tricoccous, or dicoccous by abortion, dehiscing septicidally into 3 bivalved cocci leaving a columella; endocarp thinly woody. Seed s subglobose, ecarunculate.
Species 3, tropical Africa and Madagascar; sthn trop. Afr. 2, Angola, Zimbabwe.

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