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Trees or shrubs, often scandent, unarmed. Leaves imparipinnate, exstipulate, glabrous. Flowers in racemes or umbels, which are arranged in panicles or compound umbels, pedicels articulated below the ovary. Petals 5, imbricate in the bud. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, 5-celled, disk ± conical, surmounted by the styles which are united their whole length or become free down to half their length. Fruit globose; Seeds compressed, endosperm smooth.


Asia-Temperate: Taiwan (Taiwan present), Asia-Tropical: India present; Thailand (Thailand present); Vietnam (Vietnam present), Australasia: Queensland (Queensland present), Burma present, Ceylon present, E. Java present, South America present, southern China present
About 14 spp. in India, Thailand, Vietnam, Ceylon, Burma, southern China, Taiwan, in Malesia: 1 sp. locally in E. Java.
South American species formerly included are best excluded, and the 2 Queensland spp. are now referred to Polyscias.


Philipson 1977 – In: Austrobaileya: 23
Koord. 1919 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Btzg: 181
Harms 1894 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3: 55
Ngoc-Sanh Bui 1969 – In: Adansonia: 389
Hutch. 1967 – In: Gen. Fl. Pl.: 63