Annual, biennial or
perennial, often prostrate, herbs. Stipules of numerous hairs,
rarely membranous or 0 [in ours?]. Leaves opposite or alternate,
glabrous, fleshy. Flowers sessile or clustered at branch apices and
surrounded by a group of leaves. Sepals 2, unequal, the larger
enfolding the smaller. Petals 4-5(-6), shed quickly. Stamens
4-c.100. Ovary semi-inferior. Style simple with 2-several
stigmas. Capsule dehiscing transversely.
Worldwide: 40 species in tropical and warm regions
Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species