Large trees to small trees. Buttresses present, or absent; short. Spines absent. Stilt roots present, or absent. Bark green, gray, brown; not peeling in strips. Slash cream, yellow, orange, red, brown. Vertical stripes in the inner bark or wood absent. Odor absent. Exudate present, or absent; white, or colorless; spotty; not blackening on exposure to air. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Complex hairs present, or absent; star-like (Dacryodes nervosa). Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum present, or absent; dense, or sparse.
Leaves spiral; not scale-like; compound; pinnate; with a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous, or leathery; not gland-dotted; very asymmetric at the base; not dissected; smooth margined. Epidermis waxy, or not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent. Smallest veins prominent, or not prominent, but visible; net like, or ladder like. Intramarginal vein present, or absent. Stalk of blade less than a quarter the length of the blade to a quarter to one half the length of the blade; not winged; attached to base of leaf blade; swollen; swollen at both ends. Stipules absent. Domatia absent. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf present, or absent; dense, or sparse.
Inflorescences present; terminal, or axillary; on a branched axis; specialized inflorescence units absent; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts absent. Flowers </