loosestrife family


loosestrife family
the plant family Lythraceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having usually opposite or whorled, simple leaves, clusters of flowers, and fruit in the form of a capsule, and including the crape myrtle, loosestrifes of the genus Lythrum, and the henna shrub.

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  • loosestrife family — noun herbs and shrubs and small trees with pink or purple flowers • Syn: ↑Lythraceae, ↑family Lythraceae • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • loosestrife — [lo͞os′strīf΄] n. [ LOOSE, v. + STRIFE: used as transl. of L lysimachia < Gr lysimacheios, understood as “ending strife” < lyein, to loosen, solve (see LYSIS) + machē, battle: from its assumed soothing properties, but prob. after Lysimachia …   English World dictionary

  • loosestrife — /loohs struyf /, n. 1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife). 2. any of several… …   Universalium

  • loosestrife — noun Etymology: intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) more at lysis Date: 1548 1. any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family with leafy stems and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loosestrife — loose•strife [[t]ˈlusˌstraɪf[/t]] n. 1) pln any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usu. yellow flowers 2) pln any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife… …   From formal English to slang

  • family Lythraceae — noun herbs and shrubs and small trees with pink or purple flowers • Syn: ↑Lythraceae, ↑loosestrife family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Loosestrife — is the common name of a number of different flowering plants. The species belong to two taxonomic genera, Lythrum , within the family Lythraceae, and Lysimachia , within the family Primulaceae. Lythrum species known as loosestrife include:*… …   Wikipedia

  • purple loosestrife — noun marsh herb with a long spike of purple flowers; originally of Europe but now rampant in eastern United States • Syn: ↑spiked loosestrife, ↑Lythrum salicaria • Hypernyms: ↑loosestrife • Member Holonyms: ↑Lythrum, ↑genus Lythru …   Useful english dictionary

  • swamp loosestrife — noun : a woody perennial marsh herb (Decodon verticillatus) of the family Lythraceae of eastern No. America having opposite or whorled lanceolate leaves and magenta flowers in axillary clusters called also swamp willow * * * swamp loosestrife, a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of trees and shrubs by taxonomic family — The following is a list of trees and shrubs of high notoriety. Taxonomic families for the following trees and shrubs are listed in alphabetical order, likewise the genera and closely related species.=GYMNOSPERMS= =CONIFERS= Araucariaceae: The… …   Wikipedia


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