Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, exstipulate, pinnately compound; leaf-lets opposite to alternate. Flowers in axillary, terminal or sub-terminal panicles; bisexual or plants polygamodioecious. Sepals 3-6, connate at the base or free. Petals 3-6, usually free. Stamens 3-12; filaments united, sometimes free. Disc usually present. Ovary (1) -2-5 ( — 6)—locular; placentation axile with 1-2, rarely more ovules in each locule. Fruit a drupe, berry or capsule. Seeds 1-many, sometimes winged.