Epilobium pycnostachyum

Epilobium pycnostachyum photographed at Mount St Patrick, St James Range, South Island, New Zealand

Epilobium pycnostachyum is a stout semi-woody plant, which can grow up to 10 in (25 cm) high. The close-set, narrow spear-shaped, coarsely toothed, reddish-green leaves are 0.4–0.8 in (1–2 cm) long. The white flowers are about 0.35 in (9 mm) in diameter and are carried on the upper part of each stem; summer.

Epilobium pycnostachyum is found in shingle screes in low to high alpine areas of North Island and South Island, New Zealand – from Mount Ruapehu southwards to north Otago.

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