Perennial herbs, rarely annual herbs or subshrubs. Leaves basal, rarely cauline and alternate, entire to pinnatisect. Capitula radiate, solitary, terminal or axillary, long-pedunculate; involucral bracts 2- or 3-seriate, connate at base, lanceolate, herbaceous; receptacle flat to slightly convex, naked, pitted. Ray florets 1-seriate, sterile, ligulate, yellow to reddish, often with a dark basal spot and dorsal stripe; disc florets tubular, bisexual, outer fertile, inner usually functionally male, coloured like ray florets; corolla deeply 5-lobed; anthers sagittate at base, with acute apical appendages; style bilobed, branches linear, obtuse. Cypselas obovoid, villous; pappus 1-seriate, of many fine linear-subulate subequal scales.
16 species, mostly in southern Africa, 1 species extending to tropical Africa; 2 species naturalised in Australia.