Description: Annual or perennial herbs, prostrate, spreading or erect, glabrous or hairy.
Leaves opposite or apparently whorled; stipules falling early.
Flowers in few to many dichasial cymes. Sepals 5, free. Petals usually 3–5. Stamens 2 or 3. Styles 3, ± united below.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 44 species, tropical regions, chiefly Central & South America. Australia: 1 species (now considered to be naturalised).
Text by A. Doust (1990); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2007)
|One species in NSW: Drymaria cordata|