Small, erect, glabrous, terrestrial herbs from a short rhizome or tufted crown with a single basal leaf or several basally clustered, dorsiventral, lan ceolate to linear leaves, sheathed at the base, sometimes 3-dentate at the apex. Inflorescence 1 several, the peduncle bracteate, either poorly paniculate or seemingly umbellate, the lateral flowers subtended by bracts and their pedicels provided each with an abaxial bracteole beneath the flower; flowers small, trimerous, pentacyclic, epigynous; tepals greenish, persistent, enlarging after fertilisation, provided with tepal nectaries (Campynemanthe); stamens inserted at base of tepals; anthers tetrasporangiate, basifixed or dorsifixed, dehiscing (latro-)extrorsely by longi tudinal slits. Ovary 3-locular, inferior, with free styluli; placentation axile, ovules few to many per locule; septal nectaries lacking. Fruit a capsule, dehiscing by decay of the lateral or dorsal walls, or indehiscent; seeds 2-numerous, storing hemicel lulose and fatty oil; embryo minute.
A western Pacific bigeneric family of four species.
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