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Lythrum virgatum

Lythrum virgatum L.

 

Purple Loosestrife

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyLythraceaeLoosestrife family, also Includes henna, pomegranates, crape myrtles, others
GenusLythrumFrom Greek lythron, “blood,” for its use as a styptic (blood-clotting agent)
Speciesvirgatum

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European wand loosestrife is not native to North America, but is rapidly becoming established in North America.

Identification: This loosestrife looks very similar to the more widespread purple loosestrife, but its leaves are more slender, and narrower at the base.

Online References:

Lythrum virgatum on www.plants.usda.gov

Lythrum virgatum on Henriette’s Herbal Homepage

Lythrum virgatum on Wikimedia Commons

Lythrum virgatum on eFloras

References:

Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 288

Lythrum virgatum (Purple Loosestrife)

7/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

Lythrum virgatum (Purple Loosestrife)

7/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm) ID is uncertain

Lythrum virgatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Lythrum virgatum (Purple Loosestrife)

7/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 2½ × 4" (7.2 × 9.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Lythrum virgatum (Purple Loosestrife)

7/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 3 × 4½" (7.9 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Lythrum virgatum (Purple Loosestrife)

7/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

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