Lythrum hyssopifoliaCommon name: Lesser Loosestrife

Meaning of name: Lythrum is from the Greek word lythron, meaning black blood. This is generally thought to refer to the purple colour of the flowers of some species. Hyssopifolia is from the Latin words hyssopus, meaning an aromatic herb, and folium, meaning leaf.

Distribution: Occurs from Yanchep to Albany.

Remarks: A sprawling plant to 20 centimetres tall. The pink flowers are produced from October to December. This plant is toxic to stock. It is native to southern Europe and possibly to eastern Australia where fossils of this plant from 20,000 years ago are known.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.

Why are there no photographs available for this plant?

The main reason why some plants don’t have photographs is because we haven’t found the plant yet. We have had a few flora surveys conducted and they have indicated that this plant can be found in the bush. The problem is that we just don’t know where in the bush to find it. And if we can’t find it, we can’t photograph it.

Another problem we have is that, while we have a name for the plant, we don’t know what it actually looks like. It’s very difficult to find a plant if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

But rest assured that as soon as we have photographs for this plant we’ll put them on the website.