Photographer: Stephen L. Solheim
Phryma leptostachya L.
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.
leptostachya: leptos for "thin;" stachya for "spike;" hence Latin for "slender-spiked"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; stems square|
|Flower: ||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; blooms July-Aug.|
|Fruit:||1 dry, drooping seed with a hooked tip|
|Leaf:||opposite, simple; lower on long stalks, upper stalkless|
|Habitat: ||moist; woods, forests|