Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
False Pimpernel (Lindernia anagallidea)
- Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Flowering: May-October.
- Field Marks: Lindernia differs from Gratiola by lacking a pair of small leaf-like bracts just below the sepals. Lindernia anagallidea is distinguished from L. dubia by having flowers on stalks longer than the subtending leaves.
- Habitat: Around ponds and lakes, roadside ditches, along streams.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Erect or spreading, branched, 4-sided, smooth, up to 8 inches tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, elliptic to ovate, pointed or rounded at the tip, rounded or tapering to the sessile base, with or without teeth, smooth, up to 1 inch long, up to 1/3 inch broad.
- Flowers: Solitary in the axils of the upper leaves, white or pale lavender on slender stalks as long as or longer than the subtending leaves.
- Sepals: 5, green, free from each other.
- Petals: 5, united into 2 lips, white or pale lavender.
- Stamens: 2.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules ellipsoid, up to 1/6 inch long, with a persistent style.
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