N.E. Br., Gdnrs' Chron. 78:412 (1925).
Derivation: Greek apton, wingless; alluding to the absence of cell-wings in the expanded capsule.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Prostrate fleshy short-lived papillose perennials with opposite fleshy but broad and flat petiolate exstipulate leaves.
Flowers solitary, axillary; perianth lobes 4 of which 1 opposite pair is much larger than the other pair, free; stamens many, arising from the staminodal tube; staminodal numerous, of 2 kinds, the outer petaloid pinkish and forming a short tube, the inner smaller and whitish; ovary inferior, 4-celled, ovules axile; styles 4, short.
Capsule 4-sided, opening when wet by 4 keeled wingless valves; seeds tuberculate.
2 species native to South Africa; 1 naturalised in Australia.
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