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Usually small to medium-sized, resiniferous, evergreen trees. Leaves simple, opposite or whorled glabrous, glossy and dark green above, exstipulate, pinnately nerved, venation dense and areolate with a conspicuous pellucid gland in the center of each areole. Inflorescence solitary or fascicled in reduced short cymes, axillary or on tubercles of bare branches and trunk. Flowers polygamous, unisexual or bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx splitting into 2-3 convex valves at anthesis. Petals 4 or more, white. Stamens numerous, free or shortly connate at  base. Ovary in male flowers absent or completely reduced, in bisexual flowers sessile, 2-celled, ovules 2 in each cell, or 4-celled with 1 ovule in each cell, stigma 2-4 lobed. Fruits berry or drupaceous, pulpy, indehiscent, pericarp leathery, 1-4 seeded. Seeds large, embedded in transparent pulp.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Lateral veins closely spaced, 5-6 cm apart; pedicel c 2.5 cm long; petals 6, rarely 5; flowers in lax fascicles or cymes M. nervosa
1b. Lateral veins distantly spaces, c 1 cm apart; pedicels 1.5- 2.0 cm long; petal 4; flowers in dense fascicles M. suriga