Alternative names: Not Applicable
Herbs, rarely shrubs or trees; leaves alternate, cauline or basal, 1- to numerous-foliolate; leaflets entire or obcordate-incised.
Flowers in a 2-fid cyme or umbel, rarely solitary, regular, bisexual, sometimes cleistogamous; sepals 5, free; petals 5, free; stamens 10, the outer 5 opposite the petals; ovary superior, 5-celled, with 1 to numerous axile pendulous ovules in each cell; styles 5, free; stigmas shortly 2-fid or 2-capitate.
Fruit a loculicidal capsule or berry; seeds with a fleshy external integument opening elastically; albumen fleshy.
6 genera with about 950 species distributed world-wide; only 1 genus in Australia.
Prepared by T. W. Jaspars