Anagallis L.


Greek meaning delightful.

Creeping or upright herbs. Leaves opposite, alternate or in whorls, entire. Flowers generally solitary and long-stalked in the leaf axils. Calyx of 5 parts with spreading lobes. Petals 5, wheel-like to bell-shaped. Stamens 5 joined to the base of the petals, mostly hairy; spring. Fruit a capsule opening by a lid; seeds numerous.

Known through the scarlet-flowered and widespread weed Anagallis arvensis L., Scarlet Pimpernel or Poor Man's Weatherglass (the flowers close before bad weather).

The single weedy species is a small annual plant with 4-angled stems and scarlet flower on long stalks.

About 30 species from S America, S Africa and Europe.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Primulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Primulaceae