or shrubs. Stipules adnate or free to petioles. Flowers terminal, large and
showy. Tepals 9-12, usually 3-5 merous, subequal or the outer ones small and
sepaloid. Anthers dehiscing introsely or laterally, connective produced.
Gynoecium sessile. Carpels numerous, free or united. Fruiting carpels few,
crowded, dehiscing along dorsal or ventral suture, sometimes woody and
circumscissile, the upper portion falling away singly or in masses, with seeds
remaining attached to a silky cord.