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DescriptionTrees, shrubs, suffrutices or herbaceous perennials, with milky latex. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, simple, hairy; lateral nerves numerous, parallel and usually undivided almost to the thickened margin. Flowers in axillary and terminal panicles, unisexual, 5-merous. Male flowers: calyx 5-partite. Female flowers: perianth like the male; staminodes small; ovary spherical, 1-locular; styles 3; stigmas capitate. Fruit usually reniform, black, shiny, fleshy.