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Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Leaves pinnate, trifoliolate or simple. Flowers hermaphrodite or very rarely apparently dioecious. Staminal tube complete, cylindrical or filaments united only in lower half (not in Malesia). Fruit a capsule (Malesia); seed endospermous.


Africa, Asia-Tropical: India present, Indomalesia present, Madagascar present, Old World tropics present
Six or seven genera restricted to theOld World tropics. The largest is the viable Turraea, which is most widespread and the rest are satellite genera, one or two restricted to Indomalesia, two to Madagascar, one to southern Africa and one found in both India and southern Africa.


M. Roem. 1846 – In: Synops. Monogr. 78, 88
Baill.: p. 426. – In: Hist. Pl. sub Sapindaceae.
T.D. Penn. 1975 – In: Blumea. 451.
Airy Shaw 1966: Willis Dict. Flow. Pl. Ferns, ed. 7. xxi.