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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Cistaceae
Genus: Lechea
Species: L. cernua – L. cubensis – L. deckertii – L. depressa – L. divaricata – L. intermedia – L. lakelae – L. maritima – L. mensalis – L. minor – L. mucronata – L. pulchella – L. racemulosa – L. san-sabeana – L. sessiliflora – L. stricta – L. tenuifolia – L. torreyi – L. tripetala

Lechea Kalm ex L., Sp. Pl. 1: 90. 1753.
Type species: Lechea minor L., (1753)


Gaura Lam.
Horanthes Raf.
Lechidium Spach

Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 90. Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Lechea in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 28. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2019. Lechea. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 28. Reference page. 2016. Lechea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2016 March 6.
International Plant Names Index. 2016. Lechea. Published online. Accessed: 6 March 2016.

Vernacular names
English: Pinweed

Lechea (pinweed) is a genus in the family Cistaceae of the order Malvales.[1]

The genus Lechea is based primarily in eastern North America and contains about 18 species referred to as "pinweeds." Most are low-growing herbs with narrow leaves and may small flowers that resemble pinheads.[2]

Linnaeus named the genus Lechea for Swedish botanist Johan Leche (1704-1764), who taught in Finland and is regarded as the father of Finnish meteorology and space research, based on his documentation of the northern lights and early measurements of air temperature in collaboration with Anders Celsius.[3]

Species of Lechea include:

Lechea cernua
Lechea deckertii
Lechea divaricata
Lechea intermedia
Lechea lakelae
Lechea maritima
Lechea mensalis
Lechea minor
Lechea mucronata
Lechea pulchella
Lechea racemulosa
Lechea san-sabeana
Lechea sessiliflora
Lechea stricta
Lechea tenuifolia
Lechea torreyi
Lechea tripetala[1]


USDA, NRCS. 2014. The PLANTS Database (, 1 December 2014). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
Spaulding, D.D. (2013). "Key to the pinweeds (Lechea, Cistaceae) of Alabama and adjacent states" Phytoneuron 2013-99: 1–15. Published 11 December 2013.ISSN [ 2153-733X]
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2016. Online Conservation Guide for Lechea tenuifolia.

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