or less robust semi-parasitic shrubs. Inflorescence a simple raceme or spike.
Flowers with a single bract. Corolla 5, gamopetalous, tube more or less
dilated, bud constricted to a neck above the tube, clavate at top, later divided
into 5 lobes down to the widest part, sometimes one slit deeper than the
others, the lobes reflexed in the narrowest part, often somewhat twisted.
Filaments connate with the corolla to few mm below the narrowest part of the
lobes, their free parts flattened, anthers basifixed, slightly broader than the
filaments, obtuse or acute, thecae 4, rarely locellate. Styles without
articulation. Fruit a berry, usually ovate.