Branched Loosestrife
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Branched Loosestrife
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Branched Loosestrife
Botanical name: Lysimachia prolifera    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Branched Loosestrife is a perennial herb, 10-28 cm tall. Stems are often many, ascending to erect, often prostrate at base, glandular puberulous. Leaves are opposite, stalk narrowly winged and about as long as decurrent leaf blade. Leaf blade is ovate to inverted-lanceshaped or spoon-shaped, 7-12 x 0.6-1.2 cm, hairless, sparsely dark glandular punctate and striate, base narrowed, tip rounded or apiculate. Flower-stalks are 1-1.5 cm, glandular hairy. Flowers are 4 or 5, solitary in axils of upper leaves. Sepals are lanceshaped, 4-5 mm, dark purple or black glandular striate outside, tip blunt. Flowers are pink or white, narrowly bell-shaped, tube about 1.5 mm, petals obovate-spoon-shaped 4.5-5.5 mm, with or without few reddish glandular stripes, tip rounded. Stamens are slightly shorter than corolla lobes and adnate to lower part, anthers elliptic, about 1 mm. Ovary is ovoid; style about 4 mm. Capsule is nearly round, 3-4 mm in diameter. Branched Loosestrife is found in wet meadows, wet areas on mountain slopes of the Himalayas, from NW Yunnan to Nepal, NE India, Myanmar, at altitudes of 2700-3700 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: D.S. Rawat Photographed enroute to Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh.

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