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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.


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