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Gypsywort

Observed: 9th August 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in PlantsJaseJ’s reputation in Plants
Gypsywort flowers
Gypsywort flowers close up
Gypsywort plant side view
Gypsywort plant from above
Description:

Growing amongst reeds, rushes and tall grasses in a ditch.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus) interacts

Comments

bobthebirder's picture

gypsywort

Very distinctive leaf shape.

Bob Ford

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Gypsy wort

As Bob says, very distinctive plant.

The name comes from a Medieval belief that con-men used the plant to produce a dye to make their skin darker so they could pass themselves off as true Gypsies. As Gypsies were thought to have magical and fortune telling powers it was useful to look the part.

Graham Banwell

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