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is a widely distributed genus of about a dozen species of water-loving herbs. It is considered sister to a clade
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comprising the Theophrastaceae
Theophrastaceae is a small family of flowering plants. As currently circumscribed, the family consists of seven genera and 95 species of trees or shrubs, native to tropical regions of the Americas....
, so it may be treated as part of that family or in its own monogeneric family, the Samolaceae
. Although the latter option is not uncommon, at present the Angiosperm Phylogeny Website
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website is a well-known web site dedicated to research on Angiosperm phylogeny and taxonomy.The site is hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden website and maintained by researcher Peter F. Stevens, who is a member of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group...
recommends the former.
The last complete taxonomic treatment of this genus recognizes the following species:
- Samolus cinerascens
- Samolus dichondrifolius
- Samolus ebracteatus
- Samolus junceus
- Samolus porosus
- Samolus pyrolifolius
- Samolus repens
Samolus repens is a species of water pimpernel native to Australia, New Zealand and adjacent Pacific islands, and South America , where it is common in temperate and subtropic coastlines. This species has small white or occasionally pink flowers with a flowering period from September through to...
- Samolus junceus
- Samolus spathulatus
- Samolus subnudicaulis
- Samolus vagans
- Samolus valerandi
Samolus valerandi is a species of water pimpernel native to a very wide area across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Common names include Thin-Leaf Brookweed, Water Cabbage, and Water Rose.-Cultivation:...
is native to a very wide area across Europe
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Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area...
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, and the Americas
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; the other species have more restricted ranges.