Three species of deciduous, coarse suckering, shrubs with densely spiny shoots and leaves. Leaves alternate, simple, palmately veined, bright green, long petiole. Flowers in clusters (umbels), greenish-white, 5 petals, 5 stamens, 2 styles. Fruit compressed drupe, round, red.
Oplopanax: from the Greek hoplon, a weapon, and panax, a reference to the spiny shoots.