Description: Evergreen or deciduous shrubs, with slender branches.
Leaves opposite, simple, entire or shallowly dentate, shortly petiolate, exstipulate.
Inflorescences 1 or 3 flowered axillary or terminal cymes; flowers sessile, 2–4-bracteate at base; calyx narrowly tubular, striate, with 2–5 long, persistent lobes; corolla tubular-campanulate, 5-lobed, regular ; stamens 4; ovary inferior, 3-celled, with only 1 cell fertile and 1 ovule.
Fruits 1-seeded narrowly oblong leathery achenes crowned with persistent calyces.
Distribution and occurrence: About 30 spp., native of the Himalayas and East Asia with 2 or 3 in Mexico.
A few species are cultivated as ornamentals.
Text by K.D. Hill
|One species in NSW: Abelia x grandiflora|