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Evergreen, buttressed trees or treelets growing monopodially with flushes, glabrous. Bark brownish, finely fissured, rich in tannin; Leaves simple, spirally arranged, with slightly incrassate, entire or glandular-serrate margin, pinnately nerved, mostly obovate, tapering towards the base into a short petiole; Stipules caducous, free, scale-like, about obliquely triangular, entire, acutish, glabrous. Inflorescences axillary, dichasially corymbose. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous, actinomorphic, perigynous. Sepals connate for up to 0.2 of their length, quincuncial, glabrous, fleshy to coriaceous in fruit. Petals quincuncial, almost free, glabrous, distinctly veined. Stamens 10 or (15-)20, in one whorl; Ovary superior, 5-celled, glabrous. Capsule septicidal and septifragal, 5-celled, 5-valvate, without a central column, ovoid-conical or ellipsoid, acute or obtuse, glabrous, smooth; Ovules! per locule, axile, one on each margin of the carpel, collateral, pendulous, epitropous. Seeds 1 or 2 per cell, either with a basal wing or with a suprahilar arillode;


Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa present); Lesser Sunda Is. present; Maluku (Maluku present), continental Southeast Asia present
In continental Southeast Asia and Malesia 3 spp. (absent in Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands, and the Moluccas).


Though they may be sizeable trees, the timber is of little value and has no features for special purposes.


ENDL. 1840: Gen. Pl: 1055: 'Ixionanthes'
HALL.f. 1923 – In: Beih. Bot. Centralbl.: 6
HUB.WINKLER 1931: p. 124. – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 19a: f. 55, 56A-E
Blume 1851 – In: Mus. Bot. Lugd. Bat.: 396
KOOL 1980 – In: Blumea: 195