Shrubs. Leaves petiolate, usually lanceolate; usually with distinct, pubescent domatia; stipules broadly ovate, conspicuous. Flowers in few- to many-flowered, terminal, sessile or subsessile cymes. Calyx hairy; tube cylindric or campanulate, equalling ovary; lobes linear-lanceolate, contorted, with short, fleshy setae at base. Corolla 5-lobed, white, hairy; lobes lanceolate, shorter than tube, contorted; tube long, cylindric, +/- hairy in throat. Stamens 5, arising deep in corolla throat, included, or apex of anthers exserted; anthers sessile, linear, sometimes acuminate. Ovary 2-locular, with many ovules in each locule on placentas attached to septum; style linear, usually with pollen-collecting hairs at level of anthers; stigma 2-lobed, lobes linear, usually included. Fruit indehiscent, ovoid, scarcely or slightly fleshy, often longitudinally ribbed, many-seeded. Seeds angular, smooth and glossy, with a hilar pit. x = 9, 11 (1 report each).
Species 25, tropical Africa; 1 in sthn Afr.: Leptactina delagoensis K.Schum. subsp. delagoensis, Northern Province and KwaZulu-Natal.

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