small, dioecious or monoecious trees or shrubs with trunks rarely branched, sap
milky. Leaves in a terminal crown, palmately lobed, long petioled, exstipulate.
Flowers unisexual, rarely bisexual. Sepals 5, small in both sexes. Staminate
flowers sessile on male plant in clusters on long pendent inflorescences.
Petals 5, united into a slender tube. Stamens 10 in 2 series, inserted on
corolla. Pistil rudimentary, rarely functional. Pistillate flowers sessile on
female plants, solitary or in few-flowered corymbs in leaf axils. Corolla
gamopetalous. Ovary large, globose, pentacarpellary, syncarpous with numerous
ovules on parietal placentation, style short, stigmas 5, sessile. Fruit pulpy
berry. Seeds fleshy.