E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lindernia dubia (L.) Pennell
false-pimpernel (yellowseed false pimpernel; yellowseed false pimpernel )
Linderniaceae (Figwort family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Low annual herb from fibrous roots; stems ascending to erect, 5-20 cm tall, slender, branched, smooth.
Opposite, unstalked, egg-shaped to elliptic, 0.5-2 cm long, entire to obscurely few-toothed, 3- to 5-veined, smooth.
Inflorescence of single stalked flowers in the leaf axils, the thread-like stalks longer than the leaves; corollas blue-violet to whitish, narrowly bell-shaped, 6-9 mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip with 2 short teeth, the lower lip longer, projecting, 3-lobed, the throat with 2 yellow-hairy ridges; calyces of 5 nearly distinct, equal, linear segments, 3-4 mm long; fertile stamens 2.
Capsules, ellipsoid, 4-6 mm long; seeds numerous, yellowish, 0.2-0.4 mm long, smooth to finely net-veined.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet, sandy or muddy banks and shores in the lowland and steppe zones; rare in SC BC and the lower Fraser Valley; disjunct E to ON and S to NH, NY, SC, FL, MS, TX, UT, AZ, CA and MX; S. America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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