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Family: LinnaeaceaeView Description 

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 4 genera, 35 species: especially northern temperate. Note: Incl in Caprifoliaceae in TJM (1993), and possibly in future.
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."
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell, family description
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Habit: 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.
Species In Genus: 1 species, +- 3 varieties: circumboreal. Etymology: (Named for Linnaeus, often depicted with a sample of this, one of his favorite plants)
Jepson eFlora Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster 2012, Linnaea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=10319, accessed on March 28, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on March 28, 2020.