L., Sp. Pl. 447 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Lesser loosestrife, hyssop (or small) loosestrife.
Glabrous procumbent or ascending or erect annual to 50 cm high; leaves mostly alternate, linear to oblong or oblong-lanceolate, to 25 mm long and c. 8 mm broad; flowers solitary, in most of the leaf axils, with 2 minute membranous bracts at the middle of the short peduncle.
Floral tube narrowly obconical in flower but becoming cylindrical-ellipsoid in fruit, 3-6 mm long; epicalyx segments 4-6, subulate or lanceolate, green, 1-1.5 mm long; sepals 4-6, deltate, membranous, often pinkish, to 0.5 mm long; petals 4-6, blue, red or purplish, spreading, 1.5-4 mm long; stamens 4-6, included.
Capsule about as long as the floral tube; style 1.5-2 mm long.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 509.
In or near damp places.
S.Aust.: LE, GT, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. All States. many parts of the world.
Flowering time: Oct. — Feb.
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