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Tuesday, July 8, 2008


One of the tiny plants found in oak woodlands and savannas is Phryma leptostachya, or lopseed. If you look at the seeds, you can see where the common name comes from. The flowers bloom two at a time and as the seeds form they "lop" down the side of the stem.

According to the literature, this species is not only native in the U.S. but also in Asia, an unusual but not unprecedented situation. Although inconspicuous, it often attracts attention because of the unique position of the seeds.


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