SimaroubaceaeQuassia family

  -Small to large trees;
  -leaves alternate, odd-pinnate;
  -leaflets alternate (Picramnia) or opposite (Picrasma);
  -petiolules cylindrical;
  -without stipules
  -bitter odor in bark
  -fruit a fleshy drupe.

Diagnosis: Trees and treelets, bitter odor and taste in bark, without stipules, leaves alternate, odd-pinnate, leaflets often alternate and notably asymmetric and entire. One large tree with leaflets opposite and inconspicuously serrate.

Local distribution: Widespread.

Similar families
Fabaceae: green bean odor, stipules present.
Meliaceae: sweet odor in bark, leaflets usually opposite.
Sapindaceae: leaflets serrate, appendage or scar at rachis tip, petiolules not cylindrical.

Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 6 species. Trees: 2 genera, 6 species.

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