or trees, often spiny. Leaves entire or serrate-crenate. Flowers small,
unisexual, or rarely bisexual in short axillary cymes, sometimes solitary.
Sepals 4-5, slightly connate at the base. Petals absent. Male flowers: stamens
15 to numerous. Female flowers: 4 – 5, ovary sessile, 2-8 celled, on a
glandular disc, placentas 4-8, pluriovulate, styles as many as the locules,
free or connate, persistent, stigmas small, inflated or shortly 2-lobed. Fruit
a drupe, seeds 4-16. Seeds obovoid-ellipsoid, somewhat flattened.