YELLOW LOOSESTRIFE

Lysimachia vulgaris

Myrsine Family [Myrsinaceae]

month8jul month8july month8aug

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round

24th April 2006, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Tall, to 1.5m high, flower stalks peel off just above leaves.


24th April 2006, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Conspicuously branched with many thin flowering stalks foming a conical spike.


9th Aug 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Leaves scarcely stalked, lanceolate and in whorls (of three's as here, or in four's)


5th Sept 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
A single flowering spike, conical in structure.


9th Aug 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Five yellow tapered petals, supposedly with pale spots but lacking the orange striations of Lake Loosestrife. Flowers without orange splodge in the centre unlike Whorled Loosestrife or Fringed Loosestrife. Petals not fringed with hairs like Fringed Loosestrife. Five stamens, deeper yellow pollen.


9th Aug 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Five sepals, shorter than the fruit, and with orange to red edgees. Stems with downy hairs.


9th Aug 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Leaves in whorls up the stem


24th April 2006, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
Leaves supposedly with black or orange dots although not visible here. Leaves without the downy margins or dots on the underside of Dotted Loosestrife.


9th Aug 2011, Huddy Narrow Canal, Greenfield. Photo: © RWD
The whorls of stem leaves can be either in three's, or in four's, as here.


Easily confused with : other Loosestrifes such as Lake Loosestrife, Fringed Loosestrife, Whorled Loosestrife and Dotted Loosestrife, differences mentioned above in photo captions.

No relation to : Purple Loosestrife [a plant with similar name but which belongs to a different family, the Loosestrife Family (the Yellow Loosestrifes belong to the Myrsine Family).

Inhabits marshes, ditches, fens, lakesides riversides and canalsides.


  Lysimachia vulgaris  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Myrsinaceae  

Distribution
 family8Myrsine family8Myrsinaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Lysimachia
Lysimachia
(Loosestrifes)

YELLOW LOOSESTRIFE

Lysimachia vulgaris

Myrsine Family [Myrsinaceae]

WildFlowerFinder Homepage