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.