Lobelia Loosestrife
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Lobelia Loosestrife
ative Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Lobelia Loosestrife
Botanical name: Lysimachia lobelioides    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Lobelia Loosestrife is an annual herb up to 50 cm more tall, erect, hairless. Stem is branched, the branches ascending spreading, more or less angular. Leaves are elliptic-ovate or oblong-round, 2.5-4 x 1-1.8 cm long (including the stalk), somewhat pointed, alternate, glandular streaked on the margin only. Flower racemes are 7-20 cm long, lax. Flowers are white to pale pink. Lowermost bracts are 5-8 mm long, up to 12.5 mm in fruit and deflexed, longer than the bract. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 3-5 mm long, sepals ovate-lanceolate, margin glandular streaked, crisp. Flowers exceed the sepal cup, 4.5 mm long, bell-shaped. Petals are obovate-oblong, blunt, toothed to wavy. Stamens protrude out, filaments 3-4 mm long, sparse glandulose, barely adnate at the base. Anthers are ovate-obtuse, c. 1 mm long, glandulose. Ovary is round, about 1.2-1.5 mm broad, style 4-4.5 mm long, persistent. Capsule is 3.6 mm broad, round. Lobelia loosestrife is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Kumaon and eastward to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Yunnan. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Chakrata, Uttrakhand & Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh

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