- Leaves simple, opposite, entire, with few lateral veins.
- Petiole bases form a sheath across the node.
- No stipules.
- Large cream, bell-shaped flowers.
- Fruit a dry capsule with minute winged seeds.
Diagnosis: Treelets, without stipules, leaves simple, opposite, entire, broadly obovate, with only 3-4 lateral veins, petioles joined across node, glabrous.
|Asteraceae||: usually pubescent and 3-veined, interpetiolar ridge not forming a sheath.
|Caprifoliaceae||: glandular teeth on leaf margin, no interpetiolar sheath, midvein sunken above.
|Verbenaceae||: twigs cuadrangular, petioles not joined across node, though ridge often present, more lateral veins.
Diversity: Total: 6 genera, 7 species. Trees: 1 genus, 1 species.