Shrublets or herbs, with woody rootstock or stolons. Leaves entire. Inflorescence axillary, dichasial cymes; bracteoles 2, usually shorter than calyx. Calyx regular; lobes 5; tube longer than lobes. Corolla 2-lipped; upper lip 2-lobed, rugula indistinct; lower lip 3-lobed; lobes oblong, truncate or obtuse; aestivation contorted; tube longer than lobes, pubescent, campanulate above. Androecium: fertile stamens 2; filaments of stamens and staminodes didynamous, arising in pairs in corolla throat; slightly exserted, linear; anthers 2-thecous; thecae parallel, oblong or linear-oblong, muticous; staminodes 2 or 0. Pollen prolate, 3-colporate, with many pseudocolpi; pore lipped; surface pusticulate. Disc annular. Gynoecium: ovary oblong, with 2 ovules in each locule; style terete, slightly exserted, pubescent; style branch 1; ventral lobe cylindriform. Capsule lanceolate, estipitate, with inelastic placental bases. Seeds biconvex, with hygroscopic hairs over whole surface.
Species +/- 3, sthn Afr., widespread, mainly in eastern parts. Could probably be united with Dyschoriste Nees.