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yellow willowherb

Epilobium luteum var. lilacinum


Unbranched herbaceous plant. Flowers have four creamy-white lobed (heart-shaped) petals that overlap forming a trumpet-shape. They consistently have 7 stamen and a single pistil with a very large, head of stigma so heavy as to weigh down the pistil. They bloom in loose few-flowered terminal clusters. Bees are among their pollinators. Leaves are opposite, lanceolate with oddly toothed margins and clasping at the stalk.


Spotted growing on a very wet slope next to a ditch of stream-like water from the melted snow in the mountains above. This plant was growing at a mid-elevation alongside sitka alders and yellow monkey-flower with maidenhair fern growing on the cliffs just above it.


It was spotted growing in a large patches tightly together forming the appearance of a shrub.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 24, 2012

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