Moringa, was a local Malabar name. Trees, shrubs or subshrubs all with soft usually brittle wood; leaves alternate, compound, stipules as modified stipitate glands. Flowers 5-merous, bisexual, regular, petals free, stamens alternate with 3-5 staminodes. Carpels 3, ovary with 1 locule and numerous ovules, small gynophore present; fruit an elongated capsule.