- Leaves simple, alternate with large free stipules.
- Stringy bark, mucilage, stellate hairs.
- Many stamens, fused only at base.
- Fruits mostly dry capsules or wind dispersed.
Diagnosis: 1. Trees and shrubs, with stringy bark, mucilage, and stipules, leaves alternate, simple or with small lateral lobes, petiole apically swollen, venation often 3-veined or palmate, stellate hairs, usually serrate. 2. Venation almost pinnate, margin entire (Mortoniodendron).
Local distribution: Widespread.
|Asteraceae||: no stipules, leaves mostly opposite, flowers in dense heads, simple hairs.
|Urticaceae||: leaves not lobed, bark not stringy.
Diversity: Total: 6 genera, 12 species. Trees: 6 genera, 11 species.