Flowers in axillary peduncled cymose panicles, racemes or fascicles, the ♂ often subumbellately arranged, bisexual, or unisexual, apparently rarely dioecious, each flower with a rather large subpersistent basal bract
Sepals 3, valvate, finally free to the base, with setose soft processes on the back
Capsule globose, tardily dehiscent longitudinally into 3–5 valves, covered in numerous elongate branched soft bristles
Seeds rather numerous, ovoid or compressed; testa crustaceous, arillate at base.
Stamens numerous, in 2 series, the outer somewhat longer than the inner one; filaments slender, rather short; anthers linear, dehiscing by slits
Ovary 1-locular, with 3–5 parietal multi-ovulate placentas; style simple; stigma subentire
Subshrubs, shrubs or small trees
Leaves persistent, alternate, serrate or dentate, penninerved, petiolate; stipules ± caducous
Petals 6–12, imbricate, larger than the sepals
Fruit a globose, tardily dehiscent, echinate capsule splitting into 3–5 longitudinal valves (? or indehiscent).
Ovary 1-locular, with 3–5 parietal multiovulate placentas; style simple, apex subentire.
Seeds moderately numerous, ovoid or compressed, with a crustaceous testa, arillate at the base, sometimes pubescent; embryo straight, cotyledons foliaceous, ovate.
Leaves petiolate with more or less caducous stipules; lamina serrate and frequently cordate.
Petals 6–12, imbricate, larger than the sepals.
Stamens ?, in two series, the outer somewhat longer than the inner; filaments slender, rather short; anthers linear, dehiscing by slits.
Flowers in axillary, cymose panicles, racemes or fascicles, bisexual or unisexual, rarely dioecious.