Dioecious or polygamo-dioecious; cal and cor rather small, 4- lobed; stamens 2(4), included; ovules 2 per locule; fr a 1-seeded bitter drupe; evergreen shrubs or small trees with simple lvs and small, scaly-bracted, axillary (in ours) or terminal panicles of greenish-white or white fls. 15, the others Asiatic.
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