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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, June 16, 2008

American Lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

       The American Lopseed a native to the United States is also found in China and Japan. Found in the eastern half of the United States and California the Lopseed blooms in late spring and summer. Producing small quarter inch white, sometimes purple or lavender tinged flowers, the American Lopseed grows in and along margins of moist wooded areas. The Plant reaching heights of three feet have leaves up to six inches long which is in sharp contrast to the small one quarter inch flowers.
       The common name Lopseed comes from the downward facing seeds which form along the stem margins
       The roots of the Lopseed have been used for treatment of sore throats, fever and arthritis as well as treatment of skin aliments such as boils and sores.

Warning: It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since many similar species may cause illness or death.

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