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Taxonavigation: Myrtales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Onagraceae
Subfamilia: Onagroideae
Tribus: Epilobieae
Genus: Chamerion
Sectiones: C. sect. Chamerion – C. sect. Rosmarinifolia


Chamerion (Raf.) Raf. ex Holub, Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 7(1): 85. 1972.


  • Homotypic
  • Chamerion Raf., Herb. Raf. 51. 1833, nom. nud.
  • Epilobium subgen. Chamerion Raf., Amer. Monthly Mag. & Crit. Rev. 2: 266. 1818, nom. inval.
  • Heterotypic
  • Chamaenerion Hill, Suppl. Chamber's Cyclop. (Scott) 1753, nom. inval. (Op. utiq. oppr.)
  • Chamaenerion Ség., Pl. Veron. 3: 168. 1754, nom. superfl. or nom. illeg. (not including present type species according to Holub 1972; accepted as legitimate and validly published by Sennikov 2011)
  • Chamaenerion (Gesn.) Ludw., 1760, vide J. A. Nieuwland (American Midland Naturalist 1(1): 18. Apr. 1909.
  • Chamaenerion Adans., Fan. 2. 85. 1763, nom. illeg. non Ség. (1754).
  • Chamaenerion Spach, Familles des Plantes 2 1763, nom. illeg. non Ség. (1754).
  • Chamaenerion Gray, Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. 2: 559. 1821, nom. illeg. non Ség. (1754).
  • Chamaenerium Spach, Hist. Nat. Vég. (Spach) 4: 396. 1835.
  • Pyrogennema Lunell, Amer. Midl. Naturalist 4: 482. 1916.

Species overview[edit]

C. ×prantlii – C. angustifolium – C. colchicum – C. conspersum – C. dodonaei – C. fleischeri – C. iranicum – C. latifolium – C. speciosum – C. stevenii


The correct name for this genus has been solved satisfactorily according to most authorities. In the meantime Chamerion is used here for now although probably illegitimately. Chamaenerion Ség. (1754) does lack a generic description or diagnosis, however, the genus name was validly published by indirect reference to the generic description in Séguier (Pl. Veron. 1: 401. 1745), therefore, it has precedence (Sennikov, 2011). Incidentally, Chamaenerion Ség. (1754), when segregated from Epilobium L. (1753), is used by almost all authorities except for the Flora of China.


  • Holub, J. 1972. Taxonomic and nomenclatural remarks on Chamaenerion auct. Folia Geobotanica & Phytotaxonomica. Prague. 7(1): 81—90 (85!).
  • International Plant Names Index. 2017. Chamerion. Published online. Accessed: Nov. 2 2017.
  • Pfeiffer, L. 1873. Nomenclator botanicus, vol. 1, part 1. Cassel: Th. Fischer, p. 693.
  • Sennikov, A.N. 2011. Chamerion or Chamaenerion (Onagraceae)? The old story in new words. Taxon 60(5): 1485–1488 (Abstract).

Vernacular names[edit]

башҡортса: Боланут
čeština: vrbovka
dansk: Gederams
eesti: Põdrakanep
suomi: Maitohorsmat
հայերեն: Նեղտերևի
қазақша: Иваншай
norsk: Geitramsslekta
polski: Wierzbówka
русский: Иван-чай
slovenčina: kyprina
svenska: Mjölkesläktet
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