Mexico 2013 Flora de Puebla y Veracruz

Voucher:LCO 2639

Lythrum gracile Benth.

Location:Veracruz, Mpio Tequila.
Coordinates: 18°43'22" N, 97°03'50" W Alt: 1835m

Prostrate shrub to 20 cm tall. Stems pink tinged. Flowers white.
Roadside, ruderal, disturbed habitat at forest edge. Orange clay soil with Sambucus, Hypericum and Thalictrum. Growing on clay bank with Salvia, Alchemilla and mosses.

Identification Notes: Verified with Shirley A. Graham 1991 'Flora de Veracruz: Lythraceae' Vol. 66. Leaves obtuse. Flowers axillary, solitary. Hypanthium cylindrical, petals white inserted at top of hypanthium. Nectary disc uniform in height.

Caamaño Onofre, L. #2639      3 June 2013

morphological details

flowers flowers flower flower pedicels pedicels

flower section flower section

gynoecium gynoecium

hypanthium apex hypanthium apex

stem stem adaxial leaf surface adaxial leaf surface abaxial leaf surface abaxial leaf surface

additional pictures

flowering branch flowers
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Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

flowering shrub