A genus of trees with pinnately nerved leaves, with stipules. Some provide useful timber. The flowers are regular, bisexual, axillary or terminal, and usually borne in racemes or panicles. There are 4 or 5 sepals, which are usually free but are occasionally united into a short tube; the petals are absent, or rarely up to 4 in number and smaller than the sepals. The numerous stamens are free. The ovary is superior with 4 or 5 locules, each with many ovules. The style is simple. The fruit is a capsule, covered in stiff bristles, with endospermic seeds. The genus was formerly included in the family Tiliaceae. There are about 100 species, found in Madagascar, tropical Asia, and eastern Australia.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.