Annual or perennial herbs. Stems decumbent to ascending, often profusely branching at the base. Leaves opposite and decussate; stipules scarious, not connate at the base, short, axillary branches present. Sepals 5, green with hyaline margins. Petals 5, white, entire. Stamens 5-10. Styles 3-5(3 in Pakistan species). Capsule dehiscing by 3-5 valves (3 in Pakistan species). Seeds winged or not.