Soft, straggling herbs in damp places. Leaves paired, sessile, lanceolate; stipules with short sheath, divided into 2-5 narrow fimbriae. Flowers dimorphic or not, in panicles or cymes; bracts subulate. Calyx persistent, 5-lobed; lobes lanceolate; tube shallowly campanulate. Corolla: tube funnel-shaped, densely villous within; lobes 5, ovate, shorter than tube, hairy on face. Stamens 5, arising +/- in middle of corolla tube, included; anthers linear, subsessile. Disc 0. Ovary 2-locular, with many ovules in each locule attached to shortly stalked, shield-like placentas; style terete, exserted, glandular on lower half; stigma of 2 linear, glandular lobes. Fruit an ovoid-globose, smooth capsule. Seeds not becoming slimy when moistened, with swelling in lateral walls of testa cells. x = 9 (1 report).
Species 2, warm and tropical America, Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Seychelles; 1 in sthn Afr.: Pentodon pentandrus (Schumach. & Thonn.) Vatke, N Namibia, Botswana, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith