Epilobium palustre

Epilobium palustre is a species of willowherb known by the common name marsh willowherb.[1] This plant has a circumboreal distribution, and can be found farther south in mountainous areas.

Epilobium palustre
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Epilobium
E. palustre
Binomial name
Epilobium palustre

Epilobium lineare
Epilobium oliganthum
Epilobium pylaieanum
Epilobium wyomingense


This is a hairy perennial growing spindly stems sometimes exceeding half a meter in height. Its stems have widely spaced oval to linear leaves two to seven centimeters long. The stems are tipped with hairy inflorescences of small white or pink flowers. The stigma is club-shaped rather than 4-lobed.[2] Each flower has four petals which may be quite minute to almost a centimeter long and notched to form two lobes. The fruit is a hairy capsule 3 to 9 centimeters long.


Locally common in the British Isles.[3]


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ Webb, D.A., Parnell, J. and Doogue, D. 1996. An Irish Flora. Dundalgan Press Ltd. Dundalk ISBN 0-85221-131-7
  3. ^ Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg, E.F. 1968. Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0 521 04656 4

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