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This wildflower is rather cute-looking when it is viewed up-close. It resembles several other members of the Figwort (or Snapdragon) family that are small-sized and prefer wetland habitats. Plants in this group have small tubular corollas and ovoid seed capsules; their corollas lack nectar spurs. It is difficult to distinguish False Pimpernel from Lindernia anagallidea (Slender False Pimpernel), except the latter has pedicels that are longer than the leaves. Some authorities consider the latter species to be a variety of False Pimpernel. False Pimpernel is also somewhat similar to Gratiola spp. (Hedge Hyssops) with white or pale violet corollas. However, there is a pair of slender bractlets underneath each flower of the Hedge Hyssops, while the flowers of Lindernia spp. (False Pimpernels) lack such bractlets.

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