Broad-leaved Willowherb - Epilobium montanum
Short to medium plant with a rounded stem. Leaves all opposite, the upper alternate, oval, usually toothed, and very short stalked. Flowers purplish pink, 6 to 12 mm, in lax racemes, the petals notched. Stigma four lobed.
A species on the VC55 Rare Plant Register, E lanceolatum, also has 4-lobed stigma and is similar, but with narrow leaves gradually narrowing to the petiole. Epilobium commonly hybridise, and specimens that do not meet all the characteristic of E montanum may be hybrids.
Photos showing 4-lobed stigma and leaf-shape are needed
Waste places, pathways and cultivated ground.
May to August.
Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 431 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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