Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or creeping annuals or perennials. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Flowers in panicles or racemes, occasionally solitary in axils; sepals 5, virtually free; corolla deeply 5-lobed, shorter than or exceeding calyx; staminodes absent; ovary superior. Capsule longitudinally dehiscent from the apex, circumsciss, or, in some species, irregularly dehiscent.

About 180 species, cosmopolitan, but mainly Northern Hemisphere; 8 species in Australia (at least 3 naturalised).  

Anagallis has long been regarded as a close relation to Lysimachia. Molecular studies have supported this association, finding Anagallis, along with smaller genera Asterolinon, Glaux L., Pelletiera A.St.-Hil., and Trientalis L. to be nested within Lysimachia, and these are all now included in Lysimachia.  

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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