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Shrubs or trees; Leaves spiral, sometimes almost distichous, penninerved. Flowers bisexual, small, in shortly peduncled cymes or in sessile fascicles. Petals (4-) 5, free, often reflexed at anthesis, hairy within. Stamens 5 (sometimes 4), epipetalous; Ovary initially superior, finally partly inferior, i.e. partly sunken into the receptacle, almost entirely covered by the fleshy disk, 3-5 (-6)-celled below, 1-celled above; Seed 1, with a small embryo in the apex of the fleshy albumen which contains oily substances and amorphous polysaccharides.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; India present; Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present), Burma present, Ceylon present, Morotai present, N. Moluccas present, Tropical Africa present
About 12 spp., c. 9 of which in tropical Africa, the rest in India (w. Peninsula) and Ceylon to Burma and Thailand; in Malesia: Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, and the N. Moluccas (Morotai).


SLEUM. 1935 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 16b. p 21
Bl. 1980 – In: Blumea. p 163