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DescriptionDeciduous shrubs or trees. Twigs strongly marked with leaf scars. Stipules present or 0. Leaves alternate, crowded towards the ends of the branches, simple, entire. Inflorescences axillary, solitary or fasciculate, pedunculate, with an involucre composed of a whorl of 5-12 imbricate bracts surrounding the flowers. Male inflorescences many-flowered; the flowers sessile in spherical capitula, calyx lobes imbricate; petals 0, disk 0; stamens (4-)5(-6), free. Female inflorescences 1-flowered; flowers sessile; calyx minute, disk-like; petals 0; disk 0; ovary (2-)3(-5)-locular with 2 ovules per loculus. Fruit drupaceous, indehiscent. Seeds flattened.