or shrubs, rarely climbing or sometimes lianas or herbs, often
stellate-haired.Leaves alternate, simple, palmate or digitately
compound.Flowers 3-5 merous.Sepals 3-5, valvate, partly connate below or rarely
free.Petals 5 or absent, contorted in bud, free or sometimes adnate below to
staminal column.Stamens many, free or connate in a column, sometimes with
staminodes. Carpels usually 5, may be few or more, syncarpous or sometimes
apocarpous, ovary superior, locule as many as carpels, locule 2 - many ovuled.
Fruits fleshy to leathery or even woody, often separating into mericarps.Seeds