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Erect, glabrous herbs. Leaves cauline, with tubular, ensheathing bases; Flowers solitary, in a few-flowered cluster or in a raceme terminating the stem. Ovary superior, sessile, ovoid, oblong or obovoid, 3-celled; Capsule globose, cylindrical or ellipsoid, loculicidal. Seeds globose or angular;


Asia-Tropical: Australasia: Madagascar: present New Zealand: present SE. Asia: present Southern and tropical Africa: present
Southern and tropical Africa (5 spp.), Madagascar (2 spp.), SE. Asia (4 spp.), of which one species extends through Malesia to Australia, and New Zealand.


Obermeyer - in Kirkia. 1961: 84
H. Perrier - in Fl. Madag. 1938: 136
Baker - in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1880: 450
Hutch. - in Fam. Fl. Pl., ed. 2. 1959: 612
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 272