Erect, mainly glabrous herbs. Leaves on rhizome and lower parts of aerial stems and branches scale-like. Leaves cauline, alternate, flat, with many veins and usually a strong midrib, sessile or shortly petioled, lanceolate to ovate, often at least partly amplexicaul, obtuse or cuneate at the base, acute at apex. Inflorescence terminal, consisting of a sessile or peduncled umbel or of a single flower. Ovary superior, sessile, obovoid, globose or oblong, often fairly deeply 3-lobed, 3-celled; Capsule somewhat fleshy.
Asia-Tropical:, New Guinea ‒ present East Malesia: present eastern Australia: present
Three spp. in eastern Australia, one of which also in East Malesia: New Guinea.
Maiden & Betche, Cens. N.S.W. PL. 1916: as Schellhammera
Bth. - in Fl. Austr. 1878: 31
Bailey - in Queensl. Fl. 1902: 1642
Hutch. - in Fam. Fl. Pl., ed. 2. 1959: as Schelhammeria, nom. gen. cons.
Baker - in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1879: 466
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 266