Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

May 19th, 2012. On the same trip along the Saxon-Norman-Road in Oglethorpe County when we saw the Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) in bloom, we found a small stand of Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) near a creek.

The plants were 3 – 4 feet tall but were ‘buried’ among many plants so it wasn’t possible to get a good photograph of an individual plant.

Leaves were opposite.

The sepals

The flower, front on. It's about an inch in diameter

The flower, in profile showing the stigma and stamen

Lysimachia ciliata
(Fringed Loosestrife) is native to the United States where it’s found in throughout the continental United States except for California, New Mexico, and Nevada and in most provinces in Canada. In Georgia, it’s found in many counties in the northern part of the state.

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Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Lysimachia ciliata (Fringed Loosestrife)

- Name that Plant: Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Lysimachia ciliata (Fringed Loosestrife)

- Missouri Plants:
Lysimachia ciliata (Fringed Loosestrife)


- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Lysimachia ciliata (Fringed Loosestrife)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Lysimachia ciliata

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