Fuchsia and Evening Primrose Family

Herbs or occasionally shrubs, trees or aquatic plants. Leaves simple, opposite or alternate; stipules generally absent. Flowers bisexual, or unisexual and on separate plants as in Fuchsia,mostly regular and 4-parted with nectar inside (bird or insect-pollinated). Sepals 2, 4 or 5, joined edge to edge in bud. Petals 0, 2, 4 or 5. Stamens usually 8 in 2 whorls. Ovary inferior or half-inferior, of 4 united carpels with mostly 2, 4 or 5 chambers containing 1-many ovules with axile placentation. Style 1. Fruit a dehiscent or indehiscent capsule or a berry; seeds solitary or numerous.

A popular family best known for the highly ornamental fuchsias. Several genera have species that have naturalised quite widely.

18 genera with about 650 species; cosmopolitan with a centre of distribution in SW N America.

Flower parts in 4s; ovary inferior and generally with an elongated calyx tube.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Onagraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Camissonia Link
genus        Clarkia Pursh.
genus        Epilobium L.
genus        Fuchsia L.
genus        Gaura L.
genus        Ludwigia L.
genus        Oenothera L.