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Small to medium-sized trees. Stipules wanting. Leaves pinnately compound or less often unifoliolate; compound leaves with a rudimentary distal leaflet; rachis and petioles winged, margined, or unwinged; leaflets alternate or opposite, coriaceous, with entire margins. Inflorescence a thyrse with lateral, simple or compound dichasia. Flowers 5-merous, actinomorphic or partly zygomorphic, functionally pistillate or staminate (plants polygamous-monoecious). Calyx with 2 smaller outer sepals; petals with reduced marginal appendages, or appendages lacking; disk annular and cupular. Stamens 8, exserted; filaments of equal length; anthers dorsifixed. Ovary 3-carpellate, each carpel with a single ovule. Fruit tardily schizocarpic, 1(2)-coccate, with 2(1) rudimentary cocci, separating into indehiscent globose mericarps, with fleshy pericarp containing much saponins. Seeds globose, exarillate.


tropical to subtemperate distribution present
About 10 species with tropical to subtemperate distribution. Several species used as ornamentals.