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PURPLE-LOOSESTRIFE Lythrum salicaria (Lythraceae) Height to 1.5m. Upright, downy perennial of damp habitats such as riverbanks and fens. FLOWERS are 10-15mm across, reddish purple and 6-petalled; borne in tall spikes (Jun-Aug). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are 4-7cm long, narrow, unstalked and borne in opposite pairs. STATUS-Widespread and locally common, except in the N.
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