The name of the type genus Aizoon means evergreen, referring to the fact that many species are succulents and always appear to be living. Plants in this family are chiefly succulent herbs, occasionally shrubby and are usually found in coastal and saline areas. Leaves simple, opposite or alternate, entire. Inflorescence with 1-many flowers; flowers usually bisexual, perianth usually of 4-5 parts, but maybe more, green on the outside with various colours on the inside ranging from green through white, to yellow to pink. Stamens 4-numerous, some of the stamens maybe petaloid and sterile (staminodes). Fruit usually a capsule.