Scientific Name:
Lysimachia Tourn. ex L., Sp. Pl. 146 (1753)
  • = Anagallis L., Sp. Pl. 148 (1753)
  • = Centunculus L., Sp. Pl. 116 (1753)
  • = Glaux L., Sp. Pl. 207 (1753)
  • = Trientalis L., Sp. Pl. 344 (1753)
  • = Pelletiera A.St.-Hil. (1822)
Vernacular Name(s):

Perennial, heterostylous herbs or occasionally subshrubs, usually erect, sometimes prostrate. Lvs mostly opposite or whorled, entire. Fls 5–(7)-merous, in axillary or terminal racemes or panicles, or solitary and axillary; pedicels of varying lengths. Calyx divided almost or completely to base; lobe width very variable. Corolla rotate or campanulate; tube very short. Stamens inserted on corolla tube, sometimes unequal, sometimes partly monadelphous; filaments often scaly. Capsule globose or ovoid, 5–(7)-valved. Seeds few to many, rugose.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Lysimachia Tourn. ex L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised6
Exotic: Casual2
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Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Manns, U.; Anderberg, A.A. 2009: New combinations and names in Lysimachia (Myrsinaceae) for species of Anagallis, Pelletiera and Trientalis. Willdenowia 39: 49–54.