Woody vines, evergreen, hermaphroditic or andromonoecious, creeping or climbing by aerial roots, unarmed. Leaves simple, entire or coarsely lobed, those of fertile shoots differentiated; stipules absent. Inflorescence a terminal, compact raceme of umbels, or occasionally umbels solitary. Pedicels not articulate below ovary. Calyx subentire or 5-toothed. Petals 5, valvate. Stamens 5. Ovary 5-carpellate; styles united into a short column. Fruit a drupe, globose. Seeds ovoid; endosperm ruminate.
"Sep 5, very short; pet 5, fleshy, green; stamens 5; ovary usually 5-locular; style 1; fr a berry-like drupe with 2–5 pyrenes; unarmed, woody vine, climbing by numerous adventitious roots, with firm, evergreen, simple lvs and small fls in solitary or racemosely arranged umbels. 15, mainly Eurasia."