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Lysimachia vulgaris Linnaeus, 1753

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Lysimachia vulgaris Linnaeus, 1753
Common names : Garden Loosestrife, Yellow loosestrife [En], Lysimaque commune, Grande lysimaque [Fr], Grote wederik [Nl], Mazza d’oro [It], Lisimaquia [Es]

Hamoir, LIEGE ● Belgium

Description: Herbaceous, hermaphrodite, perennial plant of 50-150 cm height with an upright habit.
Narrowly oval, pointed leaves grow in clusters of three or in opposite pairs and are almost stalk less.
The flowers are golden-yellow with red spots at the base, in terminal or axillary panicled cymes, which are simple or compound. The corolla is more or less bell-shaped, the 5 lobes entire, egg-shaped, not fringed with hairs, without alternating teeth. The lobes of the calyx are lance-shaped, fringed with hairs, with red margins. The 5 anther-stalks are united below, and the stamens included. The capsule is round. The seeds are rough with a border, 3-angled.

Biology: The flowers no bloom from July to September. It is a perennial, propagated by-division, and is worth cultivating. Flowers are visited by pollen-seeking insects. An insect that is especially abundant where these plants are found is Macropis labiata; where it does not occur the plants are absent.

Habitat: Wetlands, damp meadows and forests.

Distribution: Eurasia.

Uses: An astringent herb, yellow loosestrife is principally used to treat gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhea and dysentery, to stop internal and external bleeding, and to cleanse wounds. Yellow loosestrife makes a serviceable mouthwash for sore gums and canker sores, and may be used to treat nosebleeds. Yellow loosestrife has also been taken as an expectorant.

References:
Wikipedia, Lysimachia vulgaris
Herbs2000.com
Horwood A. R., 1919. British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol2-4, The Gresham Publishing Company




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