Samolus repens var. repens


Samolus: pig-food
repens: from Latin repere meaning to creep, means creeping

Common Name(s)

Sea primrose, shore pimpernel, water pimpernel

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Samolus repens (J.R.Forst. et G.Forst.) Pers. var. repens



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites


Samolus repens (J.R.Forst. et G.Forst.) Pers.

Flower Colours



Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 52

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Taxonomic Notes

The familial relationships of Samolus are unclear. The genus has variously been placed in the monotypic family Samolaceae, a broadened circumscription of Theophrastaceae, and Primulaceae. Here we follow the treatment in APG III, which recognises a broadened circumscription of Primulaceae that includes Theophrastaceae and Samolaceae.

References and further reading

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 2009. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III. Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 161: 105-121

This page last updated on 17 Jan 2014