Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tough Little Creeper

Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum
Creeping amongst hedgebanks and shady woodlands, the Yellow Pimpernel (also Wood Loosestrife, Lysimachia nemorum) is putting forth its xanthous, star shaped flowers. These are born on slender stalks, with the whole plant having a delicate appearance. This belies the tenacity of the plant, however. In areas where the soil is subjected to compaction, where other species will not survive, L. nemorum will be unaffected (1). Indeed in areas where heathlands have been replaced by woodland, L. nemorum is one of the few plants that will remain (2). Even the plant featured above was growing plentifully in rough limestone chips along a forest path.
Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum
  1. Godefroid and Koedam, 2004. Biological Conservation 119 pp. 207–217
  2. Gardiner and Vaughan, 2008. Conservation Evidence 5 pp. 95-100

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