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Gratiola ebracteata Benth. ex A. DC.
bractless hedge-hyssop (bractless hedgehyssop)
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from fibrous roots; stems erect to decumbent, 5-20 cm tall, simple or few-branched, smooth to obscurely and minutely glandular-hairy above.
Opposite, unstalked, lanceolate, 8-25 mm long, sparingly and minutely toothed toward the tip or entire, gradually long-tapering to the pointed tip, smooth.
Inflorescence of single small flowers on stalks in the axils of reduced upper leaves, the stalks stout, 1-2 cm long, without bractlets at the top; corollas tubular, 5-8 mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip shallowly 2-lobed, the lower lip 3-lobed, the tube yellow, the lobes white sometimes pink-tinged; calyces 4-7 mm long, to 10 mm in fruit, the 5 distinct sepals more or less equal, lanceolate, long-pointed at the tip; fertile stamens 2.
Capsules, egg- to globe-shaped, 4-5 mm long; seeds numerous, oblong-egg-shaped, longitudinally ribbed with faint cross ridges.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet open muddy shores, streambanks and vernal pools in the lowland zone; locally frequent in SW BC; S to W MT, ID and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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