Description from Flora of China
Evergreen trees or shrubs, dioecious. Leaves usually clustered or nearly verticillate, rarely alternate or opposite, unlobed, pinninerved, rarely triplinerved. Umbels solitary or clustered or arranged in a panicle or raceme; involucral bracts imbricate, caducous. Perianth tube short; perianth segments usually 6 in 2 whorls of 3 each, nearly equal, rarely persistent. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers: fertile stamens usually 9 in 3 whorls of 3 each; filaments of 1st and 2nd whorls eglandular, of 3rd whorls 2-glandular at base; anthers all introrse and 4-celled, cells opening by lids; rudimentary pistil small or lacking. Female flowers: staminodes as many as stamens of male flowers; ovary superior; stigma shield-shaped or dilated. Fruit seated on shallow or deep cup-shaped or discoid perianth tube.
Actinodaphne sessilifructa C. J. Qi & K. W. Liu (Guihaia 7: 215. 1987) was described from SW Hunan (Tongdao) but could not be treated here because no material was seen by the present authors.
About 100 species: tropical and subtropical regions of Asia; 17 species (13 endemic) in China.
(Authors: Huang Puhua (黄普华 Huang Pu-hwa); Henk van der Werff)