Description: Sprawling, aromatic, perennial herbs, hairy with glandular and non-glandular simple hairs.
Leaves pinnately lobed or irregularly pinnate; leaflets entire or lobed; sessile or petiolate.
Inflorescences usually lateral, racemose or cymose. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx deeply 5-lobed; lobes narrow-ovate. Corolla stellate, 6–9-lobed. Stamens 5, equal in height, inserted on throat of corolla tube; anthers 2-locular, basifixed, each with an apical, sterile appendage, cohering to form a cone around style, dehiscing inwards by longitudinal slits. Ovary 2–multi-locular; stigma capitate.
Fruit a berry.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, SW America, Galapagos Is. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Text by B. J. Conn