Leaves alternate, 1-foliolate, margins toothed or almost entire, glabrous or almost so; petiole usually with a prominent upper pulvinus at junction with lamina.
Flowers axillary, peduncles 1-flowered, solitary, clustered or forming terminal panicles. Petals 4, 5 or 0. Stamens numerous, inserted on a flat disc, anthers placed back to back, dehiscing from the apex by lateral slits. Ovary 2–4-locular.
Fruit a capsule, leathery or woody and covered with bristles or prickles.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 120 species, mainly Asia to America. Australia: 5 species, Qld, N.S.W.
Text by C. Gardner & L. Murray
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|1||Leaves with lamina tapered to base and then expanding towards the junction with the petiole, base more or less cordate; domatia absent; petals present; fruit bristly||Sloanea australis|
|Leaves with lamina tapered uniformly to junction with petiole; domatia prominent as tufts of brown hairs in depressions in vein axils; petals absent; fruit prickly||Sloanea woollsii|