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A family of trees, shrubs, woody climbers, and a few herbs, in which the leaves are simple, usually alternate, and without stipules. The flowers are mostly unisexual and tetra- or pentamerous, and the ovary is trilocular. The fruits are mostly drupes. There are 60 genera, with about 320 species, occurring mainly in the tropics, mostly in rain forests.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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