Scientific Name:
  • = Theophrastaceae
  • = Myrsinaceae

Annual or perennial herbs, rarely shrubs.  Lvs exstipulate, often all basal, otherwise alternate, opposite, or verticillate.  Fls ☿, usually actinomorphic, very rarely zygomorphic, solitary or in racemes, umbels or panicles, bracteate, usually 5-merous.  Calyx persistent, sometimes foliaceous.  Corolla gamopetalous, but sometimes split nearly to base, tubular. Stamens antipetalous, epipetalous;  staminodes sometimes present.  Ovary usually superior, sometimes semi-inferior, 1-locular, with basal, free-central placentae;  style and stigma simple;  ovules 1-many.  Fr. capsular, variously dehiscent.  Seeds endospermic.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Primulaceae
Indigenous (Endemic)12
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised6
Exotic: Casual7
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