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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 1916: Cens. N.S.W. PL: 40. as Schellhammera
Baker 1879 – In: J. Linn. Soc. Bot. p 466
Krause 1930 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. p 266
Hutch. 1959: p. 606. – In: Fam. Fl. Pl., ed. 2. as Schelhammeria, nom. gen. cons.
Bailey 1902 – In: Queensl. Fl. p 1642
Bth. 1878 – In: Fl. Austr. p 31