Rabdosia in sense of Codd: 117 (1973); Codd: 436 (1975); Dyer: 532 (1975).
Soft shrubs branched above, or stems 1-several, arising annually from a woody rootstock, glandular-puberulous to densely tomentose. Leaves subsessile or shortly petiolate, ovate-lanceolate to broadly ovate, crenate-dentate. Inflorescences a terminal panicle; flowers in dense, somewhat scorpioid cymes. Calyx erect at fruiting stage; tubular, 10-nerved; teeth subequal, narrowly deltoid. Corolla white to cream, flushed with mauve on the lips; upper lip erect, lower lip spreading, shallowly boat-shaped. Stamens 4, declinate, arising at mouth of corolla tube; enclosed in lower corolla lip; filaments free. Stigma minutely bifid. Nutlets ovoid or oblong, smooth.
Monotypic: Rabdosiella calycina (Benth.) Codd is widespread in the eastern parts of sthn Afr, in Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Eastern Cape.