Dioecious, with terminal or lateral cymose inflorescences. Trees or shrubs, rarely climbing. Leaves exstipulate, glabrous when mature or more or less pubescent below, entire or dentate.
Ambon: present Asia-Tropical:, Bismarck Archipelago (Bismarck Archipelago ‒ present); Maluku (Maluku ‒ present); New Guinea ‒ present; Sulawesi (Sulawesi ‒ present) Australasia:, Queensland (Queensland ‒ present) Ceram: present
Queensland and Malesia: Celebes, Moluccas (Ceram, Ambon), New Guinea (incl. the Bismarck Archipelago).
Male plants of the genus may be recognized by the separate rounded tepals borne on a very small receptacle. Female plants in flower and fruit are distinguished by the developing drupes becoming exposed by a curling outwards of the receptacle together with the tepals on its margin. This type of fruit development distinguishes the Hedycaryeae from other tribes of the family. In the Mollinedieae the tepals and the upper part of the receptacle fall as a calyptra after flowering, leaving a distinct circular abscission scar. In the Moni-mioideae the receptacle encloses the developing carpels until they are mature.