Phryma leptostachya L.  
Family: Phrymaceae
American lop-seed
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Phryma: name erroneously given by Bauhin as the Latin equivalent of the Greek Phyrama, an inferior grade of the resin of the metops “tree “ a north African umbellifer. Literally, something mixed and kneaded, dough.
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; stems square
Leaves: opposite, simple; lower on long stalks, upper stalkless
Flowers: pink to white, 4-parted, 1/4" wide, tube narrow and 2-lipped, lower lip with 3 spreading lobes; inflorescence an interrupted spike both terminal and in a few upper leaf axils, the flowers opposite and horizontal; flower drawing blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: 1 dry, drooping seed with a hooked tip
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
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Aaron_Carlson  
Phryma leptostachya image
Hugh H. Iltis  
Phryma leptostachya image
Christopher Noll  
Phryma leptostachya image
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