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Liana. Leaves simple, entire, pinninerved; Inflorescences axillary or slightly supra-axillary, shortly peduncled, 1-15-flowered, mostly without a tendril. Flowers polygamous (bisexual or functionally unisexual). Sepals and petals free; Stamens 5, filaments free or connate to more than halfway into a tube enveloping (not connate with) the gynophore. Ovary subglobose to ellipsoid; Fruit globose, pericarp coriaceous to woody.


Asia-Tropical: from the Moluccas eastwards to the Solomons: present
Malesia: monotypic, from the Moluccas eastwards to the Solomons.


Distinctly related to the monotypic genus Tetrapathaea, from New Zealand, which differs by 4-merous flowers and the absence of a separate inner corona.


K.SCH. - in Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2. 1925: 484, 494
STEEN. - in Reinwardtia. 1952: 480
K.SCH. - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1893: 79, 86
BOERL. - in Handl. 1890: 571
HUTCH. - in Gen. Fl. Pl. 1967: 370
HARMS - in Bot. Jahrb. 1893: 578
K.SCH. - in Acta Bot. Neerl. 1966: f. 1-7