Evergreen shrubs to 50 cm tall with unpleasant-smelling stems and leaves. Leaves opposite, to about 2 cm long, 1 cm wide; stipules persistent. Flowers axillary or terminal, solitary or in clusters, 4-6-parted, about 0.5 cm long, white. Corolla funnel-shaped, to 1 cm long, each lobe individually slightly 3-lobed. Stamens attached in lower part of tube. Fruit a berry containing 2 seeds. [S. foetida (L. f.) Lam.]
Sometimes used for bonsai.
Source: (2002). Rubiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.