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Evergreen or deciduous trees, scandent shrubs or woody climbers. Leaves alternate or spirally arranged, simple or imparipinnately compound; leaflets in the later case opposite on often somewhat swollen nodes of the rachis; exstipulate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, usually in cymes or racemose panicles, or sometimes solitary axillary flowers. Flowers bisexual or polygamous-dioecious, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, small. Sepals (3-) 5, sometimes surrounded by several persistent small bracts. Petals (4-) 5, opposite to sepals, equal or inner 2 much smaller than outer 3. Stamens (4 or) 5, opposite to petals. Disk small, annular, or irregularly 5-dentate. Ovary globose to ovoid, superior. Fruit a drupe or schizocarp, consisting of 1 or 2 mature carpels, 1(or 2)-loculed, indehiscent. Seed 1; endosperm (if present) reduced to a very thin layer.

Key to the Genus

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaves pinnately compound MELIOSMA Blume
1b. Woody climber; stamens 5, all fertile; flowers actinomorphic Sabia