L., Sp. Pl. 223 (1753).
Derivation: Latin cressa, Cretan; the plant grows on the island of Crete.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Perennial subshrubs with erect and ascending stems, hairs 2-branched; leaves small, entire, more or less sessile, with hairs.
Inflorescence a terminal leafy spike; sepals 5, free; corolla campanulate, with 5 imbricate pilose lobes as long as the tube; stamens 5, exserted; filaments glabrous or tuberculate towards the base; pollen smooth; ovary villous, 2-celled, with 2 ovules per cell; styles 2, free or rarely connate at the base; stigmas large, capitate.
capsule ovoid, dehiscing longitudinally into 2-4 valves; seeds 1 or 2, glabrous.
1 or more species in tropical or warm temperate regions, 1 native to Australia.
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