Lysimachia vulgaris L.

Yellow Loosestrife

Sp. Pl. 146 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect rhizomatous perennial to c. 1 m high. Leaves subsessile, in whorls of 3 or 4, or opposite, lanceolate, variably glandular pubescent. Flowers in slender terminal and upper-axillary panicles; sepals c. 3 mm long, acute, virtually free, prominently bordered by a thickened blackish line; petals ovate, 6–8 mm long, spreading, bright yellow, sometimes flecked dark red. Capsule globoid, shortly exceeding calyx; seeds numerous, flattened-tetrahedral, c. 1 mm long, pale, minutely vesicular. 


2 varieties occur in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Primulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Lysimachia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lysimachia vulgaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lysimachia vulgaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands extinct uncertain

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New South Wales