Trees or shrubs, dioecious, monoecious, or polygamous. Leaves paripinnate, petiolate; leaflets 2-12-jugate. Flowers irregular; in congested, axillary or terminal fascicles, racemes or panicles. Sepals 4 or 5, unequal, +/- connate. Petals 3 or 4, unguiculate, each with a 2-lobed, basal scale. Disc unilateral. Stamens 6-9, in an excentric bundle, reduced in bisexual flowers. Ovary 3-locular; with a single ovule in each locule; much reduced or 0 in male flowers. Fruit fleshy, indehiscent; carpels almost connate or united only at base, 1 or 2 often aborted. Seeds elliptic, laterally compressed, without arillode. x = 8 or 16.
Species 10-12, Africa; 1 in sthn Afr.: Pancovia golungensis (Hiern) Exell & Mendonca, Zululand (KwaZulu-Natal); also in Mozambique.