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Shrubs or trees, evergreen, monoecious; Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate to elliptic, coriaceous, margin (sub)entire or crenate to serrate, glands absent, penninerved. Stipules entire, inconspicuous, caducous. Inflorescences axillary, with bracteate, solitary flowers or fascicles of flowers. Flowers unisexual, actinomorphic, pedicellate, sepals in 2 whorls, free, imbricate, ± equal, petals and disc absent. Fruit capsular, trilobate, smooth, dehiscing septicidally into 3 or 4 bivalved cocci; Seeds ovoid;


Asia-Tropical:, New Guinea present Australasia:
Two species in Australia; in Malesia: one extending into New Guinea.


Airy Shaw - in Kew Bull. 1980: 604
Radcl.-Sm., Gen. Euphorbiacearum. 2001: 94
Airy Shaw - in Kew Bull. 1963: 344
G.L.Webster - in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 1994: 58
P.I.Forst. & Welzen - in Blumea. 1999: 100
Airy Shaw - in Kew Bull. 1961: 356
Baill. - in Kew Bull. 1980: 46