||After Franz Balthasar von Lindern, a German botanist
|| Brittle and hard surface; reference to plant unknown
||Antirrhinum hexandrum Forssk., Torenia crustacea (L.) Cham. & Schltdl., Capararia crustacea L.
||Brittle False Pimpernel, Round-fruited Lindernia
||East Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Indochina, Malesia, and Queensland
Lindernia crustacea is a very common weed of lawns. It is very easy to identify it since it flowers gregariously all year round. The flowers are purple and white in colour. It also has a purple dot at the centre lobe of the lower lip. The leaves are serrated, ovate, ending with a pointed tip.
Another similar species, Legazpia polygonoides has leaves that are broader at the base. The flowers are of a different in colour too.
Beside lawns, Henderson (1959) also mentioned that they can be found in sandy areas, on rocks in streams or by the sea, and on sand dunes.
It is pretty easy to find the Brittle False Pimpernel when it is flowering.
The purple-white flowers close up.
Frontal view of the flower.
The ovate leafed flower with serrated margins.
ReferencesHenderson MR. (1959) Malayan Wild Flowers: Dicotyledons. Malayan Nature Society, Kulau Lumpar, Malaysia. 478 pp.
Posted Date: 2013-04-28 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11