Goosefoot Loosestrife
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Goosefoot Loosestrife
A Native Photo: Ashwini Bhatia
Common name: Goosefoot Loosestrife
Botanical name: Lysimachia chenopodioides    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Lysimachia glandulosa, Lysimachia knuthiana

Goosefoot Loosestrife is an annual hairless herb, 7-50 cm tall. Stems are erect or arcuate at base, four-edged, usually much branched. Leaves are alternate, rarely almost opposite on lower part of stems; leaf-stalk 5-10 mm, narrowly winged; leaf blade ovate to rhomboid-ovate, 0.5-3.5 x 0.5-1.5 cm, sparsely dark purple or brown glandular dotted and striped, base narrowed, tip tapering to pointed. Flowers are borne singly in axils of upper leaves, on stalks 1-2 mm long. Sepals are lanceshaped, 3-4 mm, dark red glandular striped outside except on tip, margin membranous, tip recurved. Flower are white or pink; tube about 1 mm; petals oblong-spoon-shaped, 2-3 mm, reddish brown glandular striped, tip blunt. Stamens do not protrude out. Capsules are spherical, about 4 mm in diameter. Goosefoot Loosestrife is found at margins of cultivated fields, grassy mountain slopes, at altitudes of 2000-3200 m, in the Himalayas, from East Pakistan to China and N. Myanmar. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Ashwini Bhatia, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Dharamsala & Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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