Samolus L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 171 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Cosmopolitan.


Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Azores, Bahamas, Baleares, Baltic States, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil South, Bulgaria, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Chad, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China South-Central, China Southeast, Connecticut, Corse, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, Desventurados Is., District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., Easter Is., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Florida, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, Kermadec Is., Kirgizstan, Kriti, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Louisiana, Madeira, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Nigeria, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Wisconsin, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Pax & Knuth in Engl. Pflanzenr. 4, 237, Primulac.: 336 (1905).
  • —F.T.A. 3: 490

Flora of Iraq

  • Linnaeus, Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 78 (1754);
  • Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. ed. 1, 171 (1753);
  • Pax & Kunth, Pflanzenr. 4, 37: 336 (1905)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Sp. Pl, 1: 171 (1753).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by P. Cuccuini [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl. ed. 5 : 78 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl. : 171 (1753)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Heller, A.A. [1788] United States K000750789 Unknown Type Material Yes
Blumer, J.C. [1546] United States K000750790 Isotype Yes
Morrison, A. [9456] Australia K001328352 Yes
Morrison, A. [13354] Australia K001328353 Yes


  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
  • Flora of Iraq

    • Ghazanfar, S. A., Edmondson, J. R. (Eds). (2013-2019). Flora of Iraq, Volumes 5.1, 5.2 and 6.0. Kew Publishing
  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • World Checklist of Vascular plants (WCVP)

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.