or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate. Inflorescence usually
racemose. Flowers hermaphrodite, usually zygomorphic, bracteolate. Sepals 5,
free, imbricate or open. Petals 5, free, hypogynous, usually zygomorphic.
Stamens 5, alternate with petals, hypogynous, free or connate, often forming a
cylinder round the ovary, anthers introrse, connective usually with membranous
prolongation. Ovary superior, 1-celled, with one to numerous anatropous ovules
on 3-parietal placeantas, styles simple, stigmas capitate, truncate or cupular,
entire or lobed. Fruit a 3-valved loculicidal capsule. Seeds small, albumen