Woody climbers. Leaves with base 3- or 5-nerved. Inflorescences axillary or supra-axillary, cymose or pseudo-paniculate. Seed horseshoe-shaped, narrow, embedded in endosperm.
Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sabah present, Sarawak present); Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya present; Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present), Buton I present, Lesser Sunda Is present, Lower Burma present, Mindanao present, SE. Celebes present, Sumba present, Timor present, Tropical SE. Asia present
tropical SE. Asia (Lower Burma, Thailand, Indochina); in Malesia: Sumatra, Malaya, Borneo (W., Sarawak, Sabah), Java, Lesser Sunda Is. (Sumba, Timor), SE. Celebes ( Buton I.), Philippines ( Mindanao); 3 spp.
HOOKERf. & THOMSON considered Hypserpa as a synonym of Limacia, but nearly all subsequent authors have retained the two genera as distinct. Limacia differs from Hypserpa in having the sepals in distinct whorls of three, those of the inner whorl being valvate. In Hypserpa the sepals are all imbricate, irregular in number and not arranged in whorls.