Lythraceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herbs, less often shrubs or trees. Leaves opposite or whorled, rarely alternate, simple, usually entire; stipules minute or absent. Inflorescence a racemose spike, cymose panicle or a solitary, axillary flower. Flowers actinomorphic or rarely zygomorphic, bisexual, perigynous, sometimes heterostylous; hypanthium prominent, sometimes spurred; tooth-like appendages sometimes present between sepals; sepals usually 4–6, valvate, inserted on a floral tube; petals usually 4–6, free, crumpled in bud, rarely absent; stamens usually in 2 whorls and twice the number of petals, sometimes in 1 whorl and equal in number to, or fewer than the petals; anthers versatile or basifixed, longitudinally dehiscent; ovary superior, 2–6-celled; stigma often capitate. Fruit usually a capsule, dehiscing by various means; seeds usually numerous, with little or no endosperm.

31 genera with about 650 species, widespread throughout tropical regions of the world, less common in temperate regions; 8 genera and c. 24 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, 2018-03-28
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
Higher taxa
family Lythraceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Ammannia
genus Lythrum