A cosmopolitan family of herbs, with a few low shrubs, in which there are no stipules to the leaves. The flowers are regular, mostly with parts in fives, but sometimes up to nines. The corolla is wheel-, bell-, or funnel-shaped and the petals are usually joined into a tube below. The stamens are attached to the corolla and lie opposite its lobes. The ovary is usually superior and 1-celled, with a free-central placenta, and the style is undivided. The family includes many attractive genera (e.g. Primula, Cyclamen, and Lysimachia). Modern classifications recognize 22 genera with about 800 species, found mainly in northern temperate regions.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.