Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black
Family Scrophulariaceae
Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell
purple false foxglove, smooth agalinis
Agalinis: "remarkable flax" in botanical Latin.
purpurea: from Greek for "purple"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 10"-36" tall forb, dark green, blackish when dry, branches erect; stems smooth, 4-angled; partially parasitic
Flower: purple to white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/2" long, hairy inside, upper lobes spreading backward, 4 stamens with the lower ones longer, sepal lobes only up to half as long as the tube; inflorescence of a few to many flowers on stalks less than1/4" long; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruit:roundish, up to 1/4" long capsule with dark seeds fruit drawing
Leaf:largest to 1/8" wide, opposite
Habitat: moist; shores, meadows, bogs; in marly, peaty, sandy soil
Notes: very similar to A. paupercula but taller and with larger flowers

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Agalinis list Google- Images or Text
Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell var. carteri Pennell
Gerardia purpurea L.
Gerardia purpurea L. subsp. parvula Pennell
Gerardia purpurea L. var. carteri (Pennell) Pennell
Gerardia purpurea L. var. grandiflora Benth.

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