Scientific Name:
  • = Cobaeaceae

Annual or perennial herbs or occasionally shrubs. Lvs alternate or opposite, entire to pinnate or palmate, exstipulate. Fls usually terminal, often crowded in corymbose heads, ☿, usually actinomorphic, rarely zygomorphic. Calyx 5-merous, generally deeply lobed. Corolla 5-merous, funnelform, campanulate, or rotate; lobes contorted. Stamens 5, epipetalous, included or exserted; anthers versatile, sometimes unequal. Ovary superior, inserted on a disc, (2)–3-locular; ovules 1 or more in each cell; style 1; stigmas (2)–3. Fr. usually a loculicidal capsule, rarely indehiscent. Seeds endospermic.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Polemoniaceae
Exotic: Fully Naturalised7
Exotic: Casual2
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