shrubs or small trees. Leaves small, often scale-like, usually sessile,
generally fleshy and with punctate salt secreting glands. Inflorescence
racemes, panicles or spikes. Flowers small, actinomorphic, bisexual or rarely
unisexual,hypogynous. Sepals 4-5 (-6), free or connate imbricate, persistent.
Petals 4-5 (-6), free, imbricate, persistent. Stamens 4-10 or numerous,
inserted on or below disk, free or basally connate, united up to middle or
above, or in 5 bundles. Pistil 1, ovary (2-) 3-4 (-5)-carpelled, unilocular or
imperfectly septate, styles (2-) 3-4 (-5), free, or rarely basally connate or
absent, stigmas capitate. Fruit a capsule, 3-5 angled and valved. Seeds
numerous, erect with a coma at distal end.