Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife)

Creator

Date

c. 1890

Identifier

Historical Brendel Plant Models, Botany Department, University of Otago

Publisher

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Abstract

These pretty flowers belong to the purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) plant. The flowers are reddish-purple with five or six petals and twelve stamens and there are three different types – short, medium and long, as depicted in this Brendel model. Introduced to New Zealand in the 1950s as an ornamental, these plants are now considered a threat to the wetland areas, which is their habitat, because they grow in clumps and crowd out other species.

Files

botanical model (5).jpg

Citation

Robert Brendel, “Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife),” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed February 21, 2024, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8679.