Description: Shrubs or small trees.
Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire or often glandular-toothed, often resinous-dotted.
Inflorescences usually terminal, racemes or panicles. Calyx 5-toothed. Petals 5, free, but usually ± cohering and forming a tube. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, 2-carpellate, 1-locular.
Fruit a capsule, topped by persistent calyx and style; seeds numerous.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 60 species, South America, especially the Andes Mtns. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Text by G. J. Harden (1992)
|One species in NSW: Escallonia bifida|