Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Mercurialis L., Sp. Pl. 1035-1036 (1753)

Herbs or small shrubs, usually dioecious;  sap watery.  Lvs stipulate, opposite, entire, serrate or crenate.  ♂ fls:  in clusters on long axillary spikes;  perianth segments 3;  stamens 8–15.  ♀ fls:  solitary or in clusters, axillary;  perianth segments 3;  ovary 2-celled with a single ovule in each cell;  styles 2.  Fr. a 2-celled capsule separating at maturity from the persistent axis;  seed smooth or variously sculptured.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Mercurialis L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.