Fls regular, functionally unisexual; cal-tube cupuliform and with a dense band of hairs and a nectariferous disk surrounding the prominent, exserted androgynophore; pet none; stamens ca 15, with sessile anthers, in staminate fls forming a globular clump concealing the pistillodes, in pistillate fls well formed but sterile, closely subtending the ovary; carpels at first connate (even the styles), later separating; follicles stipitate, papery, 2-4-seeded; small, monoecious or subdioecious trees with deciduous, palmately lobed lvs and caducous stipules. 15, Old World trop.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.