Rosaceae tribe Agrimonieae

Lamarck & de Candolle

Syn. Pl. Fl. Gall., 333. 1806.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 312. Mentioned on page 22.

Herbs, perennial (annual or biennial in Poteridium) [shrubs or trees]; unarmed (hypanthia armed in Acaena). Leaves alternate, odd-pinnately compound; stipules persistent (absent in Acaena), adnate to petiole (free in Poterium); venation pinnate. Flowers: perianth and androecium perigynous; epicalyx bractlets absent; hypanthium hemispheric, obconic, ovoid, urceolate, top-shaped, ellipsoid, nearly orbicular, or obtriangular; torus absent; carpels 1 or 2(or 3), rarely more, styles terminal, distinct; ovule 1, apical. Fruits achenes, enclosed within enlarged, often hardened, sometimes armed hypanthia; styles deciduous, not elongate.


North America, Mexico, West Indies (Hispaniola), South America, Eurasia, Africa, Atlantic Islands, Indian Ocean Islands, Pacific Islands (New Zealand), Australia.


Genera 12, species ca. 270 (5 genera, 17 species in the flora).

The base chromosome number for Agrimonieae is x = 7. Acaena and Sanguisorba are host to Phragmidium rusts. The tribal name Agrimonieae has priority over Sanguisorbeae, used by, among others, D. Potter et al. (2007). Agrimonieae also includes the genera Aremonia Necker ex Nestler (Europe), Cliffortia Linnaeus, Hagenia J. F. Gmelin and Leucosidea Ecklon & Zeyher (Africa), Margyricarpus Ruiz & Pavón and Polylepis Ruiz & Pavón (South America), and Spenceria Trimen (Asia) (Potter et al.).


1 Stems creeping or suberect; hypanthia spiny. Acaena
1 Stems ascending to erect; hypanthia not spiny (rim bristly in fruit in Agrimonia) > 2
2 Inflorescences racemes (simple or compound); leaf blades with minor leaflet pairs between major pairs; petals 5 (yellow); hypanthial rim with 2–5 rows of bristles. Agrimonia
2 Inflorescences spikes (cylindric, globose, or headlike); leaf blades without minor leaflet pairs between major pairs; petals 0; hypanthial rim without rows of bristles > 3
3 Leaflet margins pectinately pinnatisect. Poteridium
3 Leaflet margins crenate, serrate, or incised > 4
4 Spikes headlike; flowers bisexual or pistillate (plants gynomonoecious); sepals distinct. Poterium
4 Spikes ellipsoid to cylindric; flowers bisexual; sepals basally connate. Sanguisorba
Luc Brouillet +
Lamarck & de Candolle +
North America +, Mexico +, West Indies (Hispaniola) +, South America +, Eurasia +, Africa +, Atlantic Islands +, Indian Ocean Islands +, Pacific Islands (New Zealand) +  and Australia. +
Syn. Pl. Fl. Gall., +
kerr2004a +  and nordborg1966a +
Rosaceae tribe Agrimonieae +
Rosaceae subfam. Rosoideae +