A genus of shrubs or small trees that produce spikes of minute, unisexual flowers with a prominent disc. The fruit is a small, juicy drupe, usually flattened. The genus is often placed in Euphorbiaceae, but has no close relatives there, and perhaps is intermediate to Icacinaceae. There are about 160 species, occurring in the Old World subtropics and tropics, especially in Asia.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.