Description: Herbs, glabrous or villous.
Leaves opposite, petiolate.
Inflorescences racemose or axillary in clusters. Flowers pedicellate. Calyx ribbed or winged, often 2-lipped and short toothed, usually 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed. Stamens 4; anterior; anthers connivent in pairs. Ovary apically usually with short coarse hairs.
Capsule oblong, included in persistent calyx, septicidal; seeds numerous, pitted.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 40 species, Old World Tropics. Australia 1 species recorded as garden escape and possibly naturalised (NSW).
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of China Vol. 18, p 37
|One species in NSW: Torenia fournieri|