Dioecious, or rarely monoecious trees or shrubs with a stellate and sometimes also simple indumentum. Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, stipulate, simple, large, +/- entire, minutely gland-dotted, palminerved. Inflorescence s paniculate, terminal; male inflorescences larger and more branched than the female. Male flowers : calyx closed in bud, later splitting into 2 or 3 valvate lobes; petals absent; disc glands extrastaminal, minute; stamens 15-40, filaments free, short, anthers basifixed, introrse, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode absent. Female flowers : calyx 5- or 6-lobed, lobes imbricate; petals absent; disc annular; ovary usually 3-locular, with 1 ovule per locule; styles usually 3, connate at base, deeply bipartite, rigid, recurved-patent. Fruit usually 3-lobed, septicidally dehiscent into 3 bivalved cocci; endocarp woody. Seed s ovoid or ellipsoid, carunculate; testa crustaceous; albumen fleshy; cotyledons broad, flat.
Species 3, trop. Africa; sthn trop. Afr. 3, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith