Alternative names: Not Applicable
Herbs, or outside S. Aust. shrubs or trees, with simple opposite leaves; oil glands or passages always present, often showing as translucent dots on the leaves.
Flowers regular, bisexual, pedicellate; sepals free or united only at the base; petals free; stamens numerous, often arranged in bundles; ovary superior, 1- to many-celled; ovules 5 to numerous, on parietal placentas, anatropous.
Fruit a capsule or a berry; seeds without endosperm, sometimes arillate.
Cosmopolitan; about 44 genera and 1,050 species, chiefly tropical; 6 genera in Australia.
Prepared by K. Stove