West Highland Flora

Hoary Willowherb

Epilobium parviflorum


Epilobium parviflorum

Photo Stuart Dunlop
Donegal Hedgerow Site
(27 Jun 2004 Raphoe, Co Donegal)

Rare, in marshes or beside burns

Flower diameter c 6-9 mm.  Leaves c 3-7 cm long.  Plants typically 30-60 cm tall.

ID: Stigma 4-lobed, as in picture on left (white object in centre of flower).  Stem densely covered with spreading hairs (visible in picture as a fuzzy effect).  Told from E hirsutum by being much smaller in all parts and the flowers a pale purple colour.

Other features: Leaves unstalked, but their edges not at all decurrent onto stem, unlike E hirsutum.  Apart from these two, the only other Epilobium with a 4-lobed stigma is E montanum, which is not densely hairy and has stalked leaves.

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