Small trees or shrubs. Leaves paripinnate, 4-7-jugate, very large, usually crowded at ends of branches; leaflets petiolulate, oblong-elliptic, abruptly acute-acuminate, entire, glabrous. Inflorescences racemes, axillary or arising on old wood. Flowers regular; pedicels articulated near base. Calyx turbinate, tomentellous outside. Sepals 5, deltoid. Petals 0. Disc regular, cup-shaped or flat, smooth. Stamens 8 or 9; filaments twice geniculate in bud, pilose; anthers oblong, introrse, basi-dorsifixed. Ovary 3(4)-locular and 3(4)-lobed, with 1 ovule per locule; pistillode present in male flowers. Fruit indehiscent, 2- or 3(4)-lobed, turbinate, shortly stipitate; calyx and style +/- persistent. Seeds flattened, without aril.
Species +/- 15, mostly in W trop. Africa; sthn trop. Afr. 1: Placodiscus resendeanus Exell & Mendonca, Angola (Cabinda).
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