Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
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Read more about Pocosin Loosestrife at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
The leaves of L. asperulifolia are not rough; the common name ‘roughleaf loosestrife’ is a misnomer, based on a mistranslation of the specific epithet, the translator erroneously assuming that ‘asperulifolia’ meant ‘rough-leaved’. The epithet actually refers to the perceived similarity of the leaves to those of the European Asperula odorata (treated in this work as Galium odoratum)..., per Weakley's Flora (2022).
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 8 (2009)
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 147-02-009:
Lysimachia asperulaefolia FAMILY Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pocosin Loosestrife, "Roughleaf Loosestrife"
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Terry Holdsclaw tdh_l_asperulaefolia_1
May Orange County NC
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Whorls... of sessile, rounded-based, acuminate leaves on an unbranched stem, per Weakley's Flora.
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 8
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas
Rare in Carolina Coastal Plain
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Whorls of 3-4
5-lobed rotate corolla
5 stamens, united into a conspicuous tube
Flowers in a terminal raceme
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p252
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p318
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p255
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p190
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