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Slender scandent shrub or liana, with axillary tendrils usually present. Leaves spiral or subdistichous, slightly peltate, 3-5-plinerved, long-petioled. Flowers very small, bisexual, or andro-dioecious, borne in loose, slender, peduncled and repeatedly dichotomous many-flowered cymes; Petals 5, ovate-triangular, coherent by their bases, recurved. Stamens 5, inserted at the base of the petals, each provided there with 2 lateral scales (or staminodes?); Ovary (rudimentary in the ♂) inferior, tapering to a short conical style with a minutely 3-lobed stigma, (2-) 3-celled below, 1-celled above; Fruit drupaceous, crowned by the persistent calyx lobes and remains of the disk, ellipsoid, stipitate-contracted downwards; Seed 1;


Andaman Is present, Asia-Temperate: Hainan (Hainan present), Asia-Tropical: Assam (Assam present); Borneo present; Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present), Bengal present, Burma present, E. Himalaya present, Flores present, Lesser Sunda Is present, Minahasa present, N. Celebes present, S. India present, SW. China present, Talaud Is present
Monotypic. Widely spread in S. India, and from the E. Himalaya to Assam, Bengal, Burma and the Andaman Is., in Indochina, Thailand, SW. China (incl. Hainan); in Malesia: Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Is. (Flores), N. Celebes (Minahasa), Philippines, Talaud Is.


Bl. 1828: Fl. Jav.: praefatio VII
SLEUM. 1940: p. 401. – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 20b: f. 121
HASSK. 1844: Cat. Hort. Bog.: 191
Bl. 1980 – In: Blumea: 151