Trees, deciduous, androdioecious. Leaves alternate, petiolate, odd-pinnate with 5-9 leaflets, glands or stipels at point of articulation, blade serrate to crenate, stipules caducous. Inflorescence paniculate, axillary. Flower small, male or hermaphrodite, actinomorphic, white or yellow. Calyx tubular, 5-lobed. Petals 5. Stamens 5, often exserted. Floral disk small or absent. Ovary superior, 1-locular with 1 ovule. Fruits indehiscent, drupaceous or baccate, fruit wall fleshy or leathery.
Two genera and six species: China (Tapiscia), West Indies and N South America (Huertea Ruiz & Pavon); one genus (endemic) and two species in China.
Hsu Ting-zhi. 1981. Tapiscia. In: Fang Wen-pei, ed., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 46: 17-20.