Description: Shrubs, erect, procumbent or prostrate. Stems, leanes and inflorescences with stellate hairs, glandular hairs present or absent.
Leaves alternate, simple, entire irregularly sinuate to crenulate; juvenile leaves 3-lobed; petiole present; stipules sessile, narrow, not persistent.
Flowers arranged in a leaf-opposed cyme, subsessile or with long peduncles. Epicalyx absent. Calyx 5-lobed, petal-like, with whaite glandular hairs on inner surface. Petals 5, with lateral lobes incurved around stamens, apex ligulate. Stamens 5, opposite the petals, filaments shortly inited in a short or long staminal tube, with 1–3 staminodes between each stamen, central or only staminode petal-like. Ovary superior, sessile, usually 5-locular, each locule with 2–14 ovules, style usually 5, short, fused at apex.
Capsule with stellate hairs below bristles up to 5 mm long, dehiscent.
Distribution and occurrence: Australia: 33 species, all mainland States and the Northern Territory; 6 species in New South Wales
Text by B.J. Conn (February 2013)
Taxon concept: Wilkins and Whitlock (2011) Australian Systematic Botany 24: 284-349
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