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Shrubs or trees, evergreen, dioecious; Bark greyish black, tessellated. Leaves spirally arranged, simple, petiolate, elobate, margin entire, glands absent, penninerved. Stipules entire, inconspicuous, caducous. Inflorescences axillary, bracteate fascicles or very short racemes with groups of flowers. Flowers actinomorphic; Fruits capsular, quadri- or trilobate, tardily dehiscing septicidally into bivalved cocci; Seeds ellipsoid to flattened ellipsoid to ovoid;


Asia-Tropical:, New Guinea present Australasia:
Five species from Australia, one also in Malesia: New Guinea.


Airy Shaw - in Kew Bull. 1980: 661
F.Muell. - in Kew Bull. 1980: 178
Pax & K.Hoffm. - in Engl., Pflanzenr. VI. 1922: 281
Radcl.-Sm., Gen. Euphorbiacearum. 2001: 95
Airy Shaw - in Kew Bull. 1976: 366
P.I.Forst. & Welzen - in Blumea. 1999: 105
G.L.Webster - in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 1994: 58