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Tree or shrub, sometimes with spiny branchlets. Leaves spiral, paripinnate or partially bipinnate. Stipules caducous. Inflorescences crowded on short shoots, axillary, terminal, racemose. Flowers small, bisexual; bracts minute, absent at anthesis; bracteoles none. Petals 5, imbricate, subequal. Stamens 10, fertile, free; filaments pilose at base; anthers introrse. Ovary shortly stipitate, free, 2- or 3-ovuled; style filiform; stigma small, terminal. Seeds transversely oblong, exalbuminous.


Asia-Tropical: SW Africa: present tropical America: present
Tropical America and SW Africa. Three species, one of them cultivated in Malesia.


Watson & Dallwitz, Gen. Leg.-Caesalp. 1983: 31.
Polhill & J.E. Vidal - in Polhill & Raven, Adv. Leg. Syst. 1. 1981: 93