vines to glabrous shrubs. Leaves alternate palmately 3-9 veined, margin entire.
Inflorescence axillary, 1-3 flowered, fasciculate, cymose or umbellate. Flowers
bisexual or unisexual, peduncles bracteate; bracts crowded at apex or base,
form an involucre. Male flowers globose with flat receptacle; perianth 5;
stamens as many as perianth lobes. Female flowers solitary or in fascicles,
usually sessile; staminodes usually present, disc covering the ovary. Ovary
inferior, ovules 3. Fruit a drupe. Seeds longitudinally furrowed, ruminate,
8-10 aristate rays on transverse section.