Trees or shrubs, sometimes climbing. Stipules 0 or consisting of spines (Harrisonia). Leaves alternate, imparipinnate, lacking gland-dots; the rhachis sometimes winged. Inflorescence a panicle. Flowers unisexual or bisexual. Sepals 4-5, partly fused. Petals 4-5. Stamens 8-10 (in ours). Disk annular. Ovary superior, 4-5-locular, each loculus with 1(-2) ovule. Fruit (in ours) a 4-5-lobed depressed-spherical berry.