Androsace L.

Rock Jasmine

Greek aner—man, sakos—buckler, referring to the similarity of the anther to the old buckler.

Annual, biennial and perennial mostly tufted herbs often cushion-like. Leaves simple, mostly basal. Flowers solitary, tube shorter than sepals, constricted and with scales inside at the throat, the style enclosed within the tube. Fruit a capsule splitting almost to the base.

Cortusa is occasionally grown as C. matthioli L. which has rosy purple nodding flowers, deeply dissected leaves and fruit capsules with 5 valves.

Seed, sometimes by separation of basal rosettes.

Differs from Primula in having a flower tube that is shorter than the sepals, also constricted at the throat and closed with a ring of scales.

Approximately 100 species mostly from dry regions of the temperate northern hemisphere.

Smith & Lowe (1977).

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
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Androsace lanuginosa Wall.