IMG_9955

IMG_9955

Observation - IMG_9955 - UK and Ireland. Description: First time I have come across this plant which was in a marshy habitat in the Brede valley in E Sussex yesterday (24/6/13). It seems to be the unmistakeable Tufted Loosestrife that is only native in the UK in Yorkshire and Scotland, BUT, the stem is hairy

First time I have come across this plant which was in a marshy habitat in the Brede valley in E Sussex yesterday (24/6/13). It seems to be the unmistakeable Tufted Loosestrife that is only native in the UK in Yorkshire and Scotland, BUT, the stem is hairy and so are the underside of the leaves mainly along the midrib, while the books say Tufted Loosestrife is glabrous / hairless! The upperside of the leaves are certainly hairless. Can anyone shed any light on this conundrum please?