or climbers with swollen nodes, often glandular and aromatic. Leaves alternate,
usually palmate, often oblique, entire. Flowers minute, unisexual, spiked, each
in the axil of a bract with or without lateral bracteoles, bracts peltate.
Perianth absent. Male flowers: stamens 1-4, filaments short, anthers 2-loculed.
Female flowers: ovary unilocular, styles conic, beaked or absent, stigmas 2-5.
Fruit a drupe, ovoid or globose, sessile or shortly stalked. Seeds usually