Trees evergreen. Branchlet pith usually with vascular strands. Leaves alternate, odd-pinnate, stipulate or exstipulate. Flowers in terminal or axillary panicles, unisexual. Calyx cupular or campanulate, 3-lobed or -fid, valvate. Petals 3, imbricate below or valvate, usually exceeding calyx. Stamens 6, free to connate, inserted on margin or outside of disk. Ovary 2- or 3-celled; ovules 2 in each cell; style short to long; stigma capitate. Drupe usually ellipsoid, ± distinctly trigonous, with a 1-3-celled, 1-3-seeded pyrene; cotyledons often partite, contortuplicate.
Inflorescences of axillary paniculate cymes, peduncle usually elongated; cymules surrounded by persistent or caducous bracts.
Leaves imparipinnate, leaflets in up to c. 24 pairs, usually entire.
Calyx infundibuliform, campanulate or saucer-shaped, lobes 3.
Stamens 6, free or connate below, inserted on or outside the disk or sometimes, in male flowers, inserted on the disk which then resembles an androphore, smaller and infertile in female flowers.
Petals 3, usually imbricate below but valvate towards the apex.
Seed with 3-foliolate or palmatifid, plicate or conduplicate cotyledons.
Fruit a drupe; pericarp fleshy; endocarp crustaceous, ± trigonous, 3-locular with 3 seeds or 2 loculi sometimes abortive.
Ovary (absent or vestigial in male flowers) 3-locular, loculi 2-ovulate; style ± elongated; stigma subcapitate, ± 3-lobed.
Disk variable in form, sometimes pubescent.
Petals 3, usually imbricate below and valvate above
Cotyledons digitately 3-foliolate or palmatifid, plicate or conduplicate.
Stamens 6, inserted outside or on the edge of the disc, smaller and probably infertile in ♀ flowers
Inflorescences long-pedunculate axillary panicles of cymes, the cymules subtended by persistent or caducous bracts
Calyx funnel-, bell- or saucer-shaped, 3-lobed
Trees, usually dioecious but occasional hermaphrodite flowers may occur
Leaves imparipinnate, with opposite, usually entire, leaflets; stipules present in the Flora species but usually very caducous
Disc variable, usually a short tube which, when the stamens are attached to its rim, could be taken for the united bases of the filaments
Ovary (absent or vestigial in ♂ flowers) 3-locular, with 2 ovules in each locule; style short; stigma subcapitate, ± 3-lobed Fruit an indehiscent drupe, the fleshy pericarp (composed of the united ectocarp and mesocarp) enclosing a single ± trigonous 3-locular stone (the endocarp) whose sides open like lids when the seeds germinate