Lysimachia minima (L.) Krause
chaffweed
Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

Photograph

© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #29677)


Map

E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Lysimachia minima
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Species Information

General:
Plants annual, fibrous-rooted.
Leaves:
Leaves alternate (or some opposite near base of plant), ovate or obovate to spatulate, confluent with the stem, 2-11 mm.
Flowers:
Flowers sessile or short-stalked; corollas inconspicuous, salverform to slightly campanulate, white to pinkish, 1.5-2 mm wide; calyces divided almost to base, exceeding the corolla, 1.5-3 mm, lobes lanceolate and lacking scarious margins; pedicel 0-1 mm. Flowering May-Jun.
Fruits:
Capsules 1.5-2 mm.
Stems:
Stems erect or ascending (sometimes decumbent and rooting at the nodes), solitary or several, unbranched or branched near the base, 1-10 cm tall.

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman

Habitat and Range

Moist to wet vernal pools, shorelines, salt marshes, river banks, and disturbed areas in the lowland zone. Rare (infrequent?) in sw BC (s Vancouver I., Gulf Is., Lower Fraser Valley); BC east to NS, south to Mexico; Eurasia, South America.

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman

Synonyms

Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Anagallis minima (L.) Krause