Dioecious deciduous trees. Indumentum stellate. Leaves opposite, petiolate, stipulate, simple, entire, palminerved, often with 1-2 glands near the base of the blade. Stipules soon falling. Inflorescences axillary, racemose, the ♂’s longer than the ♀’s; ♂ bracts 3-flowered; ♀ inflorescences 1-several-flowered; ♂ bracts 1-flowered. Flowers appearing before the leaves. Male flowers: buds globose, later splitting into 3-5 valvate lobes which often become reflexed; petals 0; disc 0; stamens 70-100, arising from a convex receptacle, filaments free, anthers dorsifixed, oblong, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode 0. Female flowers: sepals 3-5, slightly imbricate, soon caducous; petals 0; disc 0; ovary 2-5-celled, with 1 ovule per cell; styles 2-5, connate at the base, elongate, undivided, papillose. Fruit 2-5-locular, drupaceous or loculicidally dehiscent. Seeds ovoid, smooth, ecarunculate but with a sarcotesta; endotesta. hard; albumen fleshy; cotyledons broad and flat.