Woody evergreen climbers or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or palmately lobed, discolorous, usually glossy above; stipules absent. Inflorescences pedunculate, of 8–many-flowered umbels that are solitary or in terminal panicles. Flowers pedicellate, pedicels continuous with receptacle (not articulated); ovary semi-inferior, 5-locular, surmounted by a conspicuous domed disk, styles 4 or 5, fully connate. Fruit a spherical drupe with 2–5 whitish seeds.
Depending on interpretation, 1–c. 16 species, in Europe, north Africa and Asia; 1 or 2 species naturalised in Australia.