Taxon  Report   5258    
Lythrum californicum  Torr. & A. Gray
California loosestrife,  Common loosestrife
Lythrum californicum
© 2017 David Wolfson
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Lythrum californicum
© 2017 Fred Melgert / Carla Hoegen
Lythrum californicum
© 2007 Ron Wolf
Lythrum californicum, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Lythrum californicum
© 2010 Steve Matson
Genus: Lythrum
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Lythrum sanfordii
More information about  Lythrum californicum
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Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).