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Shrubs to medium-sized trees, dioecious. Leaves paripinnate, 1-9-jugate, without pseudostipules; Inflorescences axillary, (pseudoter-minal), to truly terminal, solitary, or rami- and/or cauliflorous and often tufted, usually thyrses; Flowers unisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, free, imbricate, equal or the outer two sometimes slightly smaller, not petaloid, not ciliate, (glandular hairs mainly along the margin), entire. Petals 5, longer than the sepals, distinctly clawed with a pair of auricles above the claw, or sessile with a broad or narrow base and without auricles and scales, entire. Stamens 5-8, in male flowers exserted; Fruits loculicid-al capsules, usually short-stipitate, not winged, 2- or 3-lobed, the lobes erect to spreading, inflated, rounded; Seeds with a thin-crustaceous testa;


Asia-Tropical: India present; Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka present), Australasia: Northern Territory (Northern Territory present); Queensland (Queensland present), New Caledonia present, New South Wales to c. 32° 30' S i present, Pacific: Tonga (Tonga present), SE China present
26 species, occurring from Sri Lanka and India through SE China and Malesia to Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, and New South Wales to c. 32° 30' S i, New Caledonia, and Tonga. See .


For evolutionary notes see .


Leenh. & Vente 1982 – In: Blumea. p 1
Yap 1989 – In: Tree Fl. Malaya. p 443
Radlk. 1933–1934 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. p 1433
S.T. Reynolds 1985 – In: Fl. Austral. p 38
Roxb. 1824 – In: Fl. Ind. p 441