or scandent shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, entire or lobed. Flowers
bisexual, minute, in axillary or terminal umbellate cymes. Sepals 5, free or
connate at the base. Petals 5, hooded, with a concave claw, appendages 2-fid.
Stamens 5, free above, opposite the petals, staminodes 5, opposite the sepals,
anthers 2-3 locular, extrorse. Ovary sessile, 5-locular, each locule with 2
ovules, styles 5-lobed. Fruit a globose capsule, more or less echinate,
septicidally 5-valved. Seeds wingless, solitary.