- leaves alternate, palmately lobed.
- garlic odor and watery white latex.
- leaves alternate, 3-veined, petioles varying in length.
- without stipules.
- basal lateral veins start above leaf base.
Diagnosis: 1. Leaves alternate, palmately lobed, entire margin, dry forest trees, garlic odor in bark, watery white latex, without stipules (Gyrocarpus). 2. Leaves alternate, simple with lobed base, entire, 3-veined or palmately veined with basal veins arising above leaf base, long petioles varying in length, wet forest trees, without stipules (Hernandia).
Local distribution: Dry pacific slope; wet alantic slope.
|Araliaceae||: also with long variable petioles, but stipules present.
|Capparidaceae||: stipules usually present, lateral veins pinnate.
Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 2 species. Trees: 2 genera, 2 species.
Comments: Sapling Gyrocarpus can be confused with Carica because of the witish sap and lobed leaf, but Carica lacks the strong odor.