Trees, shrubs or suffrutices
; dioecious, monoecious or polygamous, sometimes producing latex. Stipules 0. Leaves mostly compound, sometimes simple (Lannea
), usually alternate, rarely opposite or whorled. Flowers actinomorphic or rarely zygomorphic, (3)4-5-merous. Inflorescences of axillary or terminal panicles
. Stamens inserted around (or sometimes on) a disk. Ovary superior, 1-6-locular; loculi with 1 ovule. Fruit a drupe.