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Glabrous unarmed shrubs or small trees. Leaves large, imparipinnate, with a stipular sheath; Flowers in umbellules grouped in large terminal panicles; Petals 5, imbricate, obovate, narrowed towards the base. Stamens 5, filaments stout, anthers dorsifixed. Ovary inferior, 2-celled, disk fleshy, obconic, crowned by two erect styles with clavate stigmas. Fruit ovoid, crowned by the small calyx lobes and the recurved style arms (which eventually fall);


Asia-Tropical:, New Guinea present Australasia:, Queensland (Queensland presentpresent) East Malesia: present Lesser Sunda Is: present Melanesia: present New Britain: present New Caledonia: present New Hebrides: present Solomons: present
Queensland, Melanesia and East Malesia, 3 or 4 spp., from the Lesser Sunda Is. eastwards to New Guinea (also New Britain), Queensland, Solomons, New Caledonia, and New Hebrides. In Malesia 1 sp.


The corolla is distinctive, the petals being strongly imbricate and narrowed towards their insertion. The fruit also has a characteristic appearance, since the calyx and stylopodium, although persistent, do not enlarge as in most other araliads. The fruit, therefore, is a smooth ellipsoid berry without a prominent rim around the apex.


Bth. - in B. & H., Gen. Pl. 1. 1865: 935
Hutch. - in Gen. Fl. Pl. 1967: 63
Britten - in Forbes, Nat. Wand. 1885: 506
Vieill. - in K. Sch. & Laut., Fl. Schutzgeb. 1900: 485
Harms - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1894: 61