Annual or perennial, prostrate to erect herbs. Inflorescence of solitary or few to many flowered lax dichasial cymes. Sepals 4-5, free, with scarious margins. Petals 4-5, deeply bilobed, sometimes absent. Stamens (3-7)10. Styles 2-Capsule ovoid, splitting to the base by 4-6 valves. Seeds rather large, few; number, usually tuberculate.