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Perennial herbs or shrubs, often of aquatic or swampy places. Leaves simple, alternate or spirally arranged, entire or toothed. Flowers solitary, bisexual, actinomorphic, rarely zygomorphic, epigynous. Calyx and corolla usually 4-5 lobed, calyx adnate to the ovary and petals free, rarely absent. Stamens as many or twice as many as the sepals, anthers 2-celled. Ovary inferior, rarely subinferior, usually 4-loculed, rarely 2- or 5-loculed, ovules 1-many, styles 1, slender, stigma usually capitate. Fruits usually a loculicidal capsule or berry, sometimes a nut.