Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual herbs, glabrous, erect or prostrate (not in Victoria) of marshy or aquatic habitats; stems and branches quadrangular. Leaves opposite, usually decussate, sessile; stipules absent. Inflorescence axillary, consisting of cymes (in Victoria), umbels or bracteate heads. Flowers actinomorphic, pedicellate; hypanthium usually campanulate, glabrous, faintly 8-veined; appendages present or absent; sepals 4, small; petals usually 4, small (in Victoria) or absent; stamens 4–8 (4 in Victoria); ovary usually 4-celled. Fruit an irregularly dehiscent hyaline capsule; seeds minute, obovoid.

About 30 species, cosmopolitan; 8 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Lythraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Lythraceae
Higher taxa
genus Ammannia
Subordinate taxa