Lindernia antipoda (L.) Alston

Etymology Genus After Franz Balthasar von Lindern, a German botanist
Species Opposite feet; perhaps referring to the oppositely arranged leaves
Family Linderniaceae
Synonyms Ruellia antipoda L.
Common Names Sparrow False Pimpernel
Status Undetermined
Form Herb
Native Distribution East Asia, Indian subcontinent, Indochina, Malesia, Micronesia


Lindernia antipoda is an occasional weed in lawns. The flowers are purple with two yellow "tongues" sticking out. The leaves are elliptic with serrated margins.

Interesting Facts:

Sources compiled by PIER (2002) said that the petal colour can range from purple to blue or white.

A lush coverage of Sparrow False Pimpernel growing out of a pavement.

The flower is purple with two yellow "tongues".

Flower, with red upper lip, white lower lip and a yellow centre.


PIER (2006) Linderia antipoda. Pacific Island Ecosystem at Risk (PIER), Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. Accessed on 20-May-2013.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-05-20 / Modified: 2017-12-25