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Charles D. Bell, family description

Subshrub [to small tree]. Leaf: opposite, simple [compound]; stipules generally 0. Flower: calyx tube fused to ovary, limb generally 5-lobed; corolla radial [or bilateral], rotate to cylindric, generally 5-lobed; stamens generally 4 inserted at 2 levels, epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary inferior, 1–5-chambered, style 1. Fruit: achene or capsule, 1-seeded.
4 genera, 35 species: especially northern temperate. [Donoghue et al. 2001 Harvard Pap Bot 6:459–479] Incl in Caprifoliaceae in TJM (1993), and possibly in future. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Backlund & Pyck 1998 Taxon 47:657–661; Donoghue et al. 2001 Harvard Pap Bot 6:459–479]
Unabridged note: Incl in Caprifoliaceae in TJM (1993), and possibly in future according to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (, which states, in part, "The whole lot might usefully be combined in a Caprifoliaceae s.l. (see also APG 2003), since similarities between the families are considerable and differences are mostly slight."


Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster

Plant creeping, evergreen. Inflorescence: flowers generally 2 at forked tip of slender erect peduncle, nodding. Flower: calyx lobes slender, tapered; corolla bell- to funnel-shaped above slender tube; stamens 4, 2 shorter and inserted near corolla tube base; ovary chambers 3, 2 with aborting ovules, 1 with 1 developing ovule. Fruit: capsule, 3-valved.
1 sp., ± 3 vars.: circumboreal. (Named for Linnaeus, often depicted with a sample of this, one of his favorite plants)

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 24 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Linnaea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 24 2015

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