Description: Trees or shrubs.
Leaves alternate, simple, margins toothed, often with gland-tipped teeth; stipules absent.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, paniculate or corymbose. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, 4–7-merous. Sepals fused in lower half. Petals free or rarely fused. Stamens 5–7; filaments free; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, introrse. Disc present. Ovary superior, 4–5-locular; ovules numerous.
Fruit a capsule or berry.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 genera, 12 species, Australia, Mauritius New Zealand, Papuasia. Australia: 2 genera, 2-3 species, Qld, N.S.W., Tas.
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Rousseaceae, Order: Asterales)
These genera have been misplaced in the familes Cunoniaceae, Grossulariaceae or Saxifragaceae (Fl NSW 1992)
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|1||Fruit a berry; petals 5; leaves irregularly toothed, teeth often absent from lower third of lamina||Abrophyllum|
|Fruit a capsule; petals 5–7; leaves regularly toothed for full length of lamina||Cuttsia|