Suffrutices (ours) or small
shrubs. Leaves petiolate; base cordate, apex
acuminate. Flowers in a lax panicle, orange, yellow or
cream. Epicalyx 0. Calyx 5-lobed, shallowly
saucer-shaped; lobes longer than tube, triangular-ovate. Staminal
tube very short, weakly gibbous. Ovary of 3-5, (1-)2-3-ovulate,
free, carpels. Style with 3-5 branches. Fruit of 3-5 free
mericarps, transversely divided by an internal false
partition, beaked, pubescent and ultimately septicidal.
Seeds 1-3 per mericarp, pubescent.
Worldwide: 40 species in the tropics, especially America
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.