Large trees to small trees. Buttresses present, or absent; short. Spines absent. Stilt roots absent. Bark gray; not peeling in strips. Slash red, brown. Vertical stripes in the inner bark or wood absent. Odor absent. Exudate absent. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Complex hairs absent. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum absent.
Leaves spiral; not scale-like; simple, or compound; pinnate, or with two leaflets; without a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous; not gland-dotted; very asymmetric at the base; not dissected; smooth margined. Epidermis not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent, or not prominent, but visible. Smallest veins not prominent, but visible; net like. Intramarginal vein present. Stalk of blade absent to less than a quarter the length of the blade; not winged; attached to base of leaf blade; not swollen, or swollen; swollen at one end. Stipules present; free from one another; laterally placed; not encircling the twig; scale-like; not fringed; small; not persistent. Domatia absent. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf present, or absent; sparse.
Inflorescences present; axillary, or on the trunk or branches; on an unbranched axis, or on a branched axis; specialized inflorescence units present, or absent; specialized inflorescence units heads; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts absent. Flowers bisexual; stalked; with the parts barely visible to the eye to about 0.5 cm long or across; round; with male or female parts raised on a column; with the female parts of the flower raised on a stalk. Hypanthium present. Disk absent. Perianth present; with distinct calyx and corolla whorls. Sepals 5; free; not persistent in fruit; not growing any further after flowering. Epicalyx absent. Petals present; 5; free; not fleshy; deciduous; not stalked; entire. Stamens (8-)10(-15); filaments present; free of each other; free of the perianth; all equal in size; diplostemonous, or triplostemonous. Anthers 2 loculed; attached along the side; not awned; dehiscing by short slits, or dehiscing by long slits. Ovary superior. Carpels solitary; 1. Locules 1. Styles solitary. Stigmas 1 lobed; not distinctive. Fruit legume-like; non-fleshy; not multiple; not splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 1(-4) per fruit; less than 5 mm to about 1 cm long; wingless; uniform in cross-section; aril absent; non-endospermic.
New leaves in drooping pink-red flushes; buds small, with many brown scales in 2 rows; usually 2 leaflets; flowers small; fruits 1-seeded. Taxon images: cynomet.gif
Cite this publication as: Jarvie, J.K. and
Ermayanti (1996 onwards). `Tree Genera of Borneo - Descriptions and
Dallwitz (1980) and Dallwitz, Paine and Zurcher (1993) should also be cited.