Mystery plant 060

This plant grows throughout significant portions of central and eastern North America.  Its preference is for moist woodlands.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with its common name, scientific name and any personal history you may have with this plant.






Flowers arranged along spike


Leaves; inflorescence going to seed


Developing seed capsules


Leaves changing color


Mature seed capsules


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 060

  1. Evan says:

    American lopseed, Phryma leptostachya. I just learned this plant this spring–it’s one of the indicator species that we use at work in our rich cove monitoring protocol.

  2. Sara says:

    Lopseed, from the seeds that have (f)lopped over, but I don’t know much about it.

  3. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Lopseed (Phryma leptostachya). It’s such a delicate-looking plant with its small flowers and little seed cases.

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