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Lythraceae / Loosetrife
Clammy Cuphea (Cuphea viscosissima)
Clammy Cuphea is also known as Blue Waxweed which is the official vernacular. Cuphea petiolata is a synonym of Cuphea viscosissima..

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous, it is a annual which can reach 60cm in height (24inches). The entire plant is covered in short sticky (clammy) hairs. The stem is tinged with or colored purple or maroon.
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 5cm in length (2inches). They are entire, petioled and ovate.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape and are up to 1cm wide (0.5 inches). They are purple. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into late fall. The petals number six with the upper two the largest and of the four lower the inermost two are smallest. The petals are small in relation to the long calyx tube which has twelve ribs and a protrusion at the base.
Habitat: Fields and glades and open woods. Often in dry or well drained soil.
Range: Vermont south to Florida and west to New Mexico.

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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Rosidae
Rose
||Family
Lythraceae
Loosetrife
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Cuphea
Waxweed

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