Lysimachia nemorum

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Yellow pimpernel
Yellow pimpernel.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Lysimachia
L. nemorum
Binomial name
Lysimachia nemorum
  • Anagallis nemorum (L.) Büscher & G.H.Loos
  • Ephemerum nemorum (L.) Rchb.
  • Lerouxia nemorum (L.) Mérat
  • Lysimachia azorica Hook.
  • Lysimachusa nemorum (L.) Pohl

Lysimachia nemorum, the yellow pimpernel, is a perennial flowering plant in the primrose family Primulaceae.


Lysimachia nemorum is an evergreen creeping perennial herbaceous plant growing up to about 40 cm. The bright green leaves are opposite, ovate, without teeth or hairs. The yellow flowers are about 8mm across, borne singly on long stalks in the axil of each leaf. They have five very narrow sepals, five pointed petals and five stamens. The ovary is superior, forming a capsule.[2]:114 [3]


Lysimachia nemorum is native to Britain and Ireland and the east of mainland Europe from the Pyrenees in the south to eastern Norway in the north.[1] Its habitat is damp woodland.[2] [4]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Blamey, M.; Fitter, R.; Fitter, A (2013). Wild flowers of Britain and Ireland. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1408179505.
  3. ^ "Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora: Lysimachia nemorum". Biological Records Centre and Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ Arne Andeberg. "Den Virtuella Floran: Lysimachia nemorum L." Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Sweden. Retrieved 30 July 2018.