Sp. Pl.1: 148. 1753
Gen. Pl. ed.5, 73. 1754 ,
North America, Mexico, West Indies (Jamaica), Central America, South America, Eurasia, Africa.
Centunculus Linnaeus; Micropyxis Duby
Species ca. 20 (4 in the flora).
Anagallis tenella (Linnaeus) Linnaeus, the European bog pimpernel, was reported in the late 1800s from Saint Pierre and Miquelon; it was most likely a waif and is not included here. It can be distinguished by its perennial habit, procumbent stems, and pink, funnelform corollas.
Anagallis foemina Miller, the European blue pimpernel, has been reported from western states; these reports are all based on blue-flowered forms of A. arvensis (see discussion there).
|1||Calyces 3.5-6 mm, equaling or shorter than corollas; corollas (2-)3-12 mm||> 2|
|1||Calyces 1.5-3 mm, equaling or longer than corollas; corollas 1.4-2.3 mm||> 3|
|2||Plants annual (rarely perennial); pedicels recurved in fruit; calyces ± equaling corollas; corollas usually 3-7 mm.||Anagallis arvensis|
|2||Plants perennial; pedicels ascending in fruit; calyces shorter than corollas; corollas 5-12 mm.||Anagallis monelli|
|3||Pedicels 2.5-4 mm.||Anagallis pumila|
|3||Pedicels absent or to 1 mm.||Anagallis minima|
|Author||Anita F. Cholewa +|
|Common name||Pimpernel + and poorman’s weatherglass +|
|Etymology||Greek anagalao, to laugh, alluding to fabled power to alleviate sadness +|
|Illustrator||Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey +|
|Taxon name||Anagallis +|
|Taxon parent||Myrsinaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 8 +|