Description: Trees or shrubs, hairy with dendritic or simple and glandular hairs.
Leaves alternate, simple or compound, margins entire or lobed, petiolate.
Inflorescences axillary or in branch forks, raceme- or cyme-like. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed. Corolla stellate, 5-lobed, pink to purple; limb mostly deeply lobed. Stamens equal, inserted near base of corolla tube; filaments free or fused, produced into elaborate connectives at back of anthers; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing by apical pores sometimes extending to longitudinal slits. Ovary 2-locular; stigma terminal.
Fruit a berry.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 40 species, southern & C America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Text by B. J. Conn
|One species in NSW: Cyphomandra betacea|