trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, stipulate, leaf balde simple to
deeply palmately-lobed, toothed. Male inflorescence axillary, long-peduncled,
many-flowered, cylindrical catkin. Male flowers: sepals 4, basally connate,
stamens 4, pistillode present. Female inflorescence peduncled, axillary
catkins. Female flowers: sessile, sepals 4, connate at the base, persistent and
fleshy, ovary 1-loculed, ovules pendulous, staminode absent. Fruit a juicy sosrosis
of druplets or syncarp enclosed by succulent calyx, endocarp shell-like.