Lysimachia minima (L.) U.Manns & Anderb.

Kause Chaffweed

Willdenowia 39: 53 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Diminutive glabrous annual; stems suberect, weakly 4-angled, to c. 8 cm long. Leaves alternate, subsessile, ovate to obovate, 2–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide. Flowers subsessile; calyx lobes free, narrow-triangular or subulate, c. 2 mm long at anthesis (elongating to c. 4 mm in fruit); corolla c. tubular, c. 1 mm long, the lobes erect, narrowly ovate, united in the lower half, shortly acuminate at the apex, glabrous, white to pale pink. Capsule 1.5–2 mm diam., dehiscent about the equator; seeds c. elliptic, trigonous, c. 0.5 mm long, dark brown. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

VVP, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT. Native to Europe and Algeria. An occasional weed in moist depressions, on damp soil or in rock crevices, scattered in mainly southern Victoria, but locally common in the Wangaratta and Wedderburn areas in the north.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Primulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Anagallis minima (L.) E.H.Krause).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-10-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Lysimachia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lysimachia minima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lysimachia minima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory