or deciduous shrubs, trees or lianas. Leaves simple, spirally arranged or distichous,
entire. Male inflorescence paniculate, spicate or capitate, usually without
involucral bracts. Male flowers with 3-5 calyx lobes, free or connate at the
base, stamens as many as calyx lobes, filaments straight in bud or sometimes
inflexed, pistillode subulate or absent. Female inflorescence capitate or
shortly spicate. Female flowers sessile with 4 calyx lobes, peltate, fleshy,
free or connate at the base, ovary free or immersed in a receptacle, styles
short, stigmas 1 or 2, unequal. Drupe pulpy, enclosed in the fleshy perianth.