or scrambled shrubs. Stem terete, pithy. Leaves foetid when bruised, opposite,
elliptic to ovate, entire, petiolate, stipules short, broadly-triangular,
persistent, cuspidate. Flowers in tight terminal cymes. Cymes lax, paniculate
or corymbose, pubescent, bracts and bracteoles small, narrow-triangular.
Flowers sweet-scented, 5-merous, heterostylous. Calyx short, tube obsolete,
lobes ovate-acuminate to subulate. Corolla infundibular, tube slender, much
exceeding the lobes, lobes valvate in buds. Filaments inserted near the top of
the tube, anthers included or exserted. Ovary 5-celled, ovule solitary in each
cell, basal, styles filiform, stigmas 5-fid, exserted or included. Fruits
capsular, 5-valved, calyx persistent. Pyrenes triquetrous, coat reticulate.