Small trees to shrubs. Buttresses absent. Spines absent. Stilt roots absent. Bark gray; peeling in strips. Exudate absent. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Complex hairs absent. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum present, or absent; dense, or sparse.
Leaves two-ranked; not scale-like; simple; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous, or paper-like; gland-dotted; symmetric 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, or not visible; net like, or ladder like. Intramarginal vein absent. Stalk of blade less than a quarter the length of the blade; not winged; attached to base of leaf blade; not swollen. Stipules absent. Domatia absent. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf present, or absent; sparse.
Inflorescences represented by solitary flowers only; axillary. Flowers bisexual; to about 3 cm long or across; round; with male or female parts not raised on a column. Hypanthium absent. Disk absent. Perianth present; with distinct calyx and corolla whorls. Sepals 3; partially joined; persistent in fruit; not growing any further after flowering. Epicalyx absent. Petals present; 6; free; fleshy; deciduous; not stalked; entire. Stamens 100 (many); filaments absent; free of the perianth; all equal in size; polystemonous. Anthers 2 loculed; not awned; dehiscing by short slits. Ovary superior. Carpels separate; 2-5. Locules 1. Styles absent. Stigmas 1 lobed; distinctive; disk-like. Fruit berry-like; fleshy to non-fleshy; not multiple; not splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 4-20 per fruit; less than 5 mm to about 1 cm long; wingless; with folds like marble, in cross- section; aril absent; endospermic.
Youngest twigs sometimes hairy at the apex, yellow colored. Taxon images: meiogyne.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.