Perennial herbs, densely hairy with stellate hairs; rootstock thickened, densely covered with withered leaf bases. Radical leaves oblong-linear to spathulate-oblong, entire or slightly 1-3-dentate above. Racemes few to many flowered, usually ebracteate, lax in fruit. Flowers white or mauve, sometimes with lilac tinge. Sepals suberect, not saccate at base, often persistent. Petals c. twice as long as the sepals, obovate, clawed. Stamens 6; filaments not appendaged. Lateral nectar glands horse-shoe shaped; middle glands usually absent. Ovary oblong-linear, 3-7-ovuled in each locule, densely hairy with stellate, hairs; stigma ± bilobed, subsessile or on very short slightly thickened styles. Siliquae linear, flattened, often subcontorted, pubescent, bilocular, subdehiscent; valves with a distinct mid-vein; septum membranous, not veined; seeds irregularly 1-serrate, usually few, suborbicular; radicle ± incumbent.
2 or 3 species in Himalayas, Pamir-Alai and Afghanistan.
Except for the indumentum, narrow and usually entire ?eaves, it is hardly different from Christolea Camb.