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Annual or perennial herbs or undershrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, radical or falsely whorled, stipules minute or none. Flowers in rosettes on scape, sometimes in cymes, racemes or corymbose, usually zygomorphic, bisexual or unisexual. Sepals connate or free, often covered with viscid glands, usually 5-lobed, 2-lipped, adnate to the ovary. Corolla 5-lobed, gamopetalous. Stamens usually 2, occasionally 3, sessile or filaments adnate to styleapex forming a column  or rarely free. Disk small, epigynous or obsolete. Ovary inferior, usually 2-locular, but posterior locule aborted and the ovary unilocular with single parietal placenta. Fruit a capsule, 2-valved. Seeds numerous, minute, albuminous.