Description from Flora of China
Crossopetalum Roth; Gentiana sect. Crossopetalae Froelich ex Grisebach; Gentiana subgen. Eublephis Rafinesque.
Herbs annual, biennial [or perennial]. Roots slender, fibrous. Stems subquadrangular. Flowers terminal, solitary, 4-merous; flower bud slightly flattened, 4-angled. Calyx tubular-campanulate, with triangular discontinuous intracalycular membranes, 2 outer calyx lobes narrower than and basally overlapping 2 inner lobes. Corolla tubular-campanulate to funnelform, lobes frequently toothed to fringed, plicae absent. Nectaries on corolla tube. Stamens inserted on corolla tube; anthers yellow. Capsules 2-valved, many seeded. Seeds angular-papillate.
Twenty-four species: North America, Asia, Europe; five species in China.