Four similar species of small perennials from the south of the temperate Andes and Patagonia. They closely resemble Azorella, differing in their branched, leafy flowering stems and leaves with prominent stipules. In addition the fruits split easily into two, one-seeded sections (more or less fused in Azorella). The flowers can be yellow, greenish or purple.
Although the genus is not exactly excitingly distinctive or irresistible, its most common species at least is neat and quietly elegant and just about warrants the attention of growers of alpines. It is likely to need exactly the same conditions as the larger species of Azorella, to which there is superficially resemble.