A family of trees, or rarely shrubs, in which the leaves are simple, with small stipules, and the stalk commonly kneed. The flowers are small, regular, unisexual or hermaphrodite, their parts free, the ovary unilocular and usually superior, the ovules parietal (see placentation). Fruits are various. There are 88 genera, with 875 species, occurring mainly in the tropics.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.