to large deciduous trees, often thorny. Leaves digitate, on long petiole,
stipules caducous. Flowers solitary or clustered, congregated at the end of
branchlets, appearing before leaves. Calyx campanulate or cup-shaped, 3 to
5-lobed or truncate, lobes leathery. Corolla free, long, obovate or oblong,
erect or reflexed. Stamens numerous, basally adnate and then arranged in 5-10
groups, anthers reniform. Ovary superior, 5-locular, style single, stigmas 5. Fruit
capsule, smooth or with 5 longitudinal ridges, loculicidally 5-valved. Seeds
embedded in woolly, cottony hairs.