Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herbs; stems simple or branched from rhizomes. Leaves alternate, often also in basal rosettes, pinnate, leaflets entire or divided. Inflorescence paniculate, rarely capitate, bracteate. Inflorescences a terminal or axillary cyme. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 5, equal, basally united, tube herbaceous, accrescent, chartaceous in fruit; corolla 5-lobed, campanulate to rotate; stamens usually equally inserted in throat of corolla-tube, included or exserted, filaments puberulent below point of attachment; ovary 3-celled, stigma 3-lobed. Capsule 3-celled, 3-valved, chartaceous, dehiscence regular; seeds 1–12 per cell, sometimes becoming mucilaginous when wet.

20 species throughout temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and one species in South America; 1 species recorded in Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-13
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Polemoniaceae
Higher taxa
genus Polemonium
Subordinate taxa