Lysimachia

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Lysimachia
Yellow pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Myrsinaceae
Genus: Lysimachia
L.
Species

include:
Lysimachia nemorum (yellow pimpernel)
Lysimachia nummularia (creeping Jenny)
Lysimachia vulgaris (yellow loosestrife)

Lysimachia /ˌlsɨˈmkiə/[1] is a genus of flowering plants traditionally classified in the family Primulaceae. According to a molecular phylogenetic study it belongs in the family Myrsinaceae .[2]

Characteristics[edit]

Lysimachia species often have yellow flowers, and grow vigorously. They tend to grow in damp conditions. Several species within Lysimachia are commonly called loosestrife, although this name is also used for plants within the genus Lythrum. The genus is named in honor of Lysimachus, a king of ancient Sicily, who is said to have calmed a mad ox by feeding it a member of the genus.[3]

Lysimachia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some butterflies and moths, including the Dot Moth, Grey Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Small Angle Shades and V-pug.

Spotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)

Selected species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  2. ^ M. Källersjö, G. Bergqvist & A. A. Anderberg (2000). "Generic realignment in primuloid families of the Ericales s. l.: a phylogenetic analysis based on DNA sequences from three chloroplast genes and morphology". American Journal of Botany (American Journal of Botany, Vol. 87, No. 9) 87 (9): 1325–1341. doi:10.2307/2656725. JSTOR 2656725. PMID 10991903. 
  3. ^ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)

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