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Kickxia elatine
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Antirrhineae
Genus: Kickxia

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Kickxia is a genus of plants in the Plantaginaceae. It includes several species of plants known commonly as cancerworts or fluellins. They are mostly native to Europe, but two species, K. elatine and K. spuria are well-known elsewhere as invasive weeds.


The genus Kickxia was named after the Belgian botanist Jean Kickx.[2] Some species formerly placed in this genus have been transferred to Nanorrhinum.[3]


As of February 2018, Plants of the World Online accepted the following species:[1]


  1. ^ a b "Kickxia Dumort.", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2018-02-03
  2. ^ BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  3. ^ Yousefi, Nafiseh; Zarre, Shahin & Heubl, Günther (2016), "Molecular phylogeny of the mainly Mediterranean genera Chaenorhinum, Kickxia and Nanorrhinum (Plantaginaceae, tribe Antirrhineae), with focus on taxa in the Flora Iranica region", Nordic Journal of Botany, 34 (4): 455–463, doi:10.1111/njb.01000

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