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Small, unarmed trees. Leaves digitately compound or unifoliolate; Inflorescence a terminal panicle of umbellules. Flowers bisexual or on lower branches male. Petals 5-6, valvate. Stamens 5-6, extrorse. Ovary inferior, 2-6-celled. Fruit ellipsoid or obovate, surmounted by an awl-shaped or conical stylopodium;


Asia-Tropical:, India present; Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya present; Sumatera (Sumatera present) Burma: present West Malesia: present southern China: present
4 spp. from India, Burma and southern China to West Malesia: 3 spp., Sumatra, Malaya and Java.


Hederopsis is united with Macropanax because the species are very similar in appearance and in their technical characters. The sole difference is the number of cells in the ovary, 2 (or sometimes 3) in Macropanax and 5-6 (sometimes 4) in Hederopsis. This distinction does not seem adequate to split a few very similar species into distinct genera.
This genus is distinguished from Pseudopanax (China, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Chile) by the ruminate endosperm. Cf., .


King - in J. As. Soc. Beng. 1898: 62
Hutch. - in Gen. Fl. Pl. 1967: 78
Boerl. - in Handl. 1890: 643
Harms - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1894: 47
Hutch. - in Gen. Fl. Pl. 1967: 80
Stone - in Gard. Bull. Sing. 1977: 141
Miq. - in Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat. 1863: 13
Harms - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1894: 56
Bth. - in B. & H., Gen. Pl. 1. 1865: 945