Lindernia ciliata

(Colsmann) Pennell

Brittonia 2: 182. 1936.

Common names: Fringed false-pimpernel
Basionym: Gratiola ciliata Colsmann Prodr. Descr. Gratiol., 14. 1793
Synonyms: Bonnaya ciliata (Colsmann) Sprengel
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 356. Mentioned on page 353, 354.

Annuals. Stems erect to decumbent, not matted, sometimes rooting at proximal nodes, 3–20 cm. Leaves cauline, thin; petiole absent; blade oblong to lanceolate, distal sometimes linear, 4–45 × 0.7–12 mm, not leathery, margins sharply aristate-serrate; distal much reduced. Pedicels 2–11 mm, 1/2–1[–3] times subtending leaves. Flowers: sepals 4–6 mm, connate to 1/4 lengths; corolla white, pink, or lavender, abaxial lobes sometimes with darker pink or purple markings, tube 5–7 mm, adaxial lip 3/4 abaxial; stamens 2; staminodes without appendage and distal segment. Capsules narrowly lanceoloid to narrowly ellipsoid or cylindric, 12–14 × 1–3.2 mm. Seeds ovoid to ellipsoid or oblong, irregularly angled, not ribbed.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Nov.
Habitat: Moist, sandy disturbed areas.
Elevation: 0–50 m.


Introduced; Fla., Asia, Australia.


A specimen collected in Hillsborough County in 1992 (Holland & Donovan s.n., USF) represents the first record of Lindernia ciliata in the flora area.

Selected References


Lower Taxa