or rarely shrubs, bark, branchlets and fruit exuding white or yellow, thick and
sticky latex. Leaves evergreen, coriaceous, midrib prominent. Flowers
polygamous, small, 4-5 merous, solitary or in cymes, axillary to terminal
panicles. Sepals 4 or 5, imbricate. In male flowers stamens numerous, situated
in a ring or in several bundles surrounding a rudimentary ovary, more often on
a central 4-5 cornered mass, rarely free. In female or bisexual flowers
staminodes minute, free or united, surrounding the ovary, stamens 8 to many.
Ovary 2-12 celled, crowned by a large peltate stigma, often spreading, ovule
solitary in each cell, attached to the inner angle. Fruit a fleshy berry, with
a coriaceous rind, pulpy when ripe, 1-12 seeded embedded in juicy pulp. Seeds
oblong or ovoid.