Pedicularis sylvatica L.

Species in the Global Pollen Project's Master Reference Collection

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Louseworts are all semi-parasites. They steal nutrients and water from their neighbors. One used to believe that livestock were infested with louse when they ate these plants, which explains the name. The only two lousewort species found in the lowlands of Northwestern Europe are the common and marsh lousewort. Both species form winter buds. Their seeds do not have a long lifespan. While common lo... © Copyright Ecomare (licence)

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