Epilobium campestre (Smooth Boisduvalia) - photos and description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General: Low-growing annual plants with greyish-green foliage and leafy stems. Stem pubescent toward the top, hairless below.

Flowers: Flowers white to pink, very small - measured at 2 mm long, are solitary in leaf axils.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, sessile, lanceolate, reduced upward, and have a few small teeth. Leaf measured at 18 mm long by 6 mm wide. Leaves pubescent on top, leaf bottom with hairs on the central nerve.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured plants to 10 cm tall.

Habitat: Prairie mud flats in southwest Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Very rare, listed as an S2 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed by some authorities as Epilobium pygmaeum, and, Boisduvalia glabella.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken July 5th and August 12th, dried creek bed, Cypress Hills, about 425 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.