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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Boraginaceae
Higher classification  Boraginaceae
Order  (unplaced)
Scientific name  Anchusa
Rank  Genus
Anchusa Anchusa azurea quotAlkanetquot Buy Online at Annie39s Annuals
Lower classifications  Anchusa officinalis, Anchusa azurea, Anchusa arvensis, Anchusa crispa, Anchusa barrelieri

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The genus Anchusa belongs to the tribe Boragineae of the borage family (Boraginaceae). It includes about 40 species.


These species grow in Europe, North Africa, South Africa and Western Asia. They are introduced in the United States.

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They consist of annual plants, biennial plants and perennial plants with the general characteristics of the borage family. They are generally herbs, covered with bristly hairs. The leaves are simple or undulate, covered with stiff hairs.

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The small radially symmetrical flowers are sapphire blue and retain their colour a long time. The plants show numerous flowers with 5 sepals, united at their bases, and 5 petals forming a narrow tube facing upwards. The flowers grow in several axillary cymes, simple or branched, or are clustered at the end. The flowers are much frequented by bees.

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The roots of Anchusa (just like those of Alkanna and Lithospermum) contain anchusin (or alkanet-red ), a red-brown resinoid colouring matter. It is insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol, chloroform and ether.

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Anchusa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora onosmella.

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There are four subgenera : Buglossum, Buglossoides, Buglossellum and Anchusa.

The first two form one subclade, the other two each a separate subclade. The subclade of the subgenus Anchusa (containing Anchusa capensis) is largely unresolved.

If we consider Anchusa s.l., then it includes the subgenus Limbata, which diverges markedly in its floral morphology.

The subgenera Buglossum, Buglossellum and Buglossoides clearly need new independent entities, while the subgenus Anchusa needs a narrower concept. This way taxonomy and phylogeny with respect to Anchusa can become completely analogous.

The following genera are synonyms for Anchusa : Buglossum Mill., Hormuzakia Gusul, Lycopsis L. and Phyllocara Gusul.. The genus Anchusella Bigazzi et al. is sometimes included in Anchusa.


  • Anchusa aegyptiaca (L.) A. DC.
  • Anchusa aggregata Lehm.
  • Anchusa arvensis (L.) M.Bieb.. : Small Bugloss, Bugloss, Annual Bugloss
  • Anchusa atlantica Ball
  • Anchusa aucheri A. DC.
  • Anchusa azurea P.Mill.: Italian Bugloss, Large Blue Alkanet
  • Anchusa barrelieri (All.) Vitman: Barrelier's bugloss
  • Anchusa caespitosa Lam.
  • Anchusa calcarea Boiss.
  • Anchusa capellii Moris
  • Anchusa capensis Thunb.: Cape Bugloss, Cape Forget-me-not
  • Anchusa cretica Miller
  • Anchusa crispa Viv. (status vulnerable to endangered in France and Italy)
  • Anchusa davidovii Stoj.
  • Anchusa formosa sp. nov. : (Sardinia)
  • Anchusa gmelinii Ledeb.
  • Anchusa hispida Forsskål
  • Anchusa hybrida Ten.
  • Anchusa italica Retz.
  • Anchusa leptophylla Roemer & Schultes
  • Anchusa leucantha sp. nov. (Greece)
  • Anchusa littorea Moris
  • Anchusa macedonica Degen & Dörfler
  • Anchusa mairei Gusuleac
  • Anchusa milleri Sprengel
  • Anchusa ochroleuca M.Bieb. : Yellow Alkanet
  • Anchusa officinalis L. : True Alkanet, Bugloss, Common Bugloss, Corn Bugloss, Field Bugloss (type species)
  • A. officinalis L. ssp. intacta (Griseb.) Selvi & Bigazz
  • Anchusa ovata Lehm.
  • Anchusa procera Besser
  • Anchusa pseudogranatensis (Br.-Bl. & Maire) Sennen & Mauricio
  • Anchusa puechii Valdés
  • Anchusa pusilla Gusuleac
  • Anchusa samothracica
  • Anchusa sartorii Gusuleac
  • Anchusa sempervirens : Evergreen Alkanet)
  • Anchusa spruneri Boiss.
  • Anchusa strigosa
  • Anchusa stylosa M.Bieb.
  • A. stylosa M.Bieb. ssp. spruneri (Boiss.) Selvi & Bigazzi
  • Anchusa subglabra A. Caballero
  • Anchusa thessala
  • Anchusa tiberiadis Post
  • Anchusa undulata L.
  • A. undulata subsp. granatensis (Boiss.) Valdés
  • A. undulata subsp. lamprocarpa Br.-Bl. & Maire
  • A. undulata subsp. viciosoi Laínz
  • A. undulata ssp. sartorii (Gu ul.) Selvi & Bigazzi
  • Anchusa variegata (L.) Lehm.
  • Anchusa velenovskii (Gusuleac) Stoj.
  • References

    Anchusa Wikipedia

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