Epilobium montanum

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Epilobium montanum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Epilobium
Species: E. montanum
Binomial name
Epilobium montanum
L.

Epilobium montanum or Broad-leaved Willowherb[1] is a species of willowherb.

Description[edit]

This species grows to 60 cm high. The leaves are hairless and serrate and ovate-lanceolate. The flowers are mauve and about 8 mm across with a 4-lobed stigma in terminal racemes.[2][3]

Distribution[edit]

Common throughout area around Belfast in Northern Ireland and all of Ireland.[4][5]

Ecology[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Epilobium montanum herb has been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally as tea for treatment of disorders of the prostate, kidneys, and urinary tract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ Webb, D.A., Parnell, J and Doogue, D. 1996. An Irish Flora. Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd. Dundalk ISBN 0-85221-131-7
  3. ^ Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg, E,F. 1968. Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0 521 04656 4
  4. ^ Beesley, S. and Wilde, J. 1997. Urban Flora of Belfast. The Institute of Irish Studies. The Queen's University of Belfast. ISBN 0 85389 695 X
  5. ^ Scannell, M.J.P. and Synott, D.M. 1972. Census Catalogue of the Flora of Ireland. Dublin Stationary Office.