11. Aleurites J.R. & G. Forst., Char. Gen. Pl. : 111, t. 56. 1776. Muell. Arg. in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 722. 1866, p.p.; Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 3(1): 292. 1880, p.p.; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 384. 1887; Pax in Engl., Pflanzenreich 4. 147.1: 128. 1910, p.p.
Monoecious trees with a stellate indumentum. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or palmatilobed, petiolate, stipulate. Inflorescences terminal, thyrsiform, androgynous, protogynous, with a ♀ flower at the end of each major axis, and the lateral cymules ♂; bracts subulate, caducous. Male flowers: calyx closed in bud, later splitting valvately into 2-3 lobes; petals 5, free, imbricate; disc 5-lobed; stamens c. 20, the outer free, the inner ± united, anthers introrse; pistillode 0. Female flowers: calyx, petals and disc as in the ♂ f1s.; ovary 2(-3)-celled, with 1 ovule per cell; styles 2-3, thick, bibbed. Fruits large, drupaceous, indehiscent: exocarp fleshy; endocarp woody, sometimes 1-celled by abortion. Seeds ovoid, ecarunculate; testa thick, woody; albumen hard; embryo straight, cotyledons broad, flat.
A genus of 2 species from Tropical Asia and Oceania, one of which is cultivated in Pakistan.