Epilobium minutum

Epilobium minutum

Epilobium minutum is a species of willowherb known by the common names chaparral willowherb and desert willowherb. This annual wildflower is native to western North America from British Columbia to Arizona. It is a small, spindly plant with thin, branching stems approaching a maximum of 40 centimeters in height. The sparse leaves are oval-shaped and one or two centimeters long. The stems are topped with few tiny white to light purple flowers with notched petals each a few millimeters long. The fruit is a capsule one or two centimeters in length. This is a plant of fields and meadows, including vernal pools, and it is one of the first flowers to spring up in areas recently cleared by wildfire.

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