is easy to identify in the field because of its ciliate petioles and its nodding yellow flowers. The plant is common throughout the state of Missouri. It is easily grown from seed and would make a good garden subject in a shady moist location.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 6-10-02, and at Pultite Spring, Shannon County, MO., 6-27-04.
Following modified from Plants Database, United States Department of Agriculture
Jennifer Anderson. United States, IA, Scott Co., Davenport, Nahant Marsh. 2002.
Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1989.
Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species
. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI).
Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 147. 1753.
Fringed loosestrife, lysimaque ciliée
erect, simple or sometimes branched, 2-13 dm, glabrous; rhizomes slender or somewhat thickened; bulblets absent.
opposite; petiole 0.5-6 cm, long-ciliate along entire length, cilia 0.6-2.1 mm; blade broadly lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 4-15 (-17) × 1.5-6.5 cm, base rounded or obtuse to cuneate, somewhat decurrent, margins entire, plane, ciliolate, especially proximally, apex acute to acuminate, surfaces not punctate, glabrous; venation pinnate-arcuate.
axillary in distal leaves, solitary flowers.
(0.5-)1.5-7 cm, usually stipitate-glandular.
sepals 5, calyx not streaked, 2.5-9 mm, sometimes stipitate-glandular, lobes lanceolate, margins thin; petals 5, corolla yellow, sometimes with reddish base, not streaked, rotate, 5-12 mm, lobes with margins sometimes slightly erose apically, apex mucronate, stipitate-glandular adaxially; filaments connate to 0.3 mm, shorter than corolla; staminodes 1-2 mm.
5-7 mm, not punctate, glabrous.
= 34, 92, 96, 100, 108, 112.
V. J. Coffey and S. B. Jones (1980) indicated a population of
in central Alaska without further locality data. This was probably an error; no records of this species from Alaska have been verified.
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