Much branched undershrubs or shrubs; young branches densely leafy, with yellowish, antrorse hairs. Leaves petiolate, usually elliptic and serrate at margin, frequently glandular-punctate; stipules 0. Flowers in terminal and axillary panicles or racemes. Calyx connate below middle, with 5 tubercles within. Petals arising at mouth of calyx tube, eligulate, white, whitish or nearly translucent. Stamens: filaments filiform, arising at mouth of calyx tube. Ovary 1-locular, 1-ovulate; ovule basal; stigmas fringed. Capsule ellipsoid or clavate, shortly rostrate, dehiscing septicidally into 3 valves from apex downwards. Seed obovoid, straight, longitudinally striate-reticulate.
Species 5, trop. Africa; sthn trop. Afr. 1: Stapfiella zambesiensis R.Fern., Zambia.