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Circaea lutetiana,
Enchanter's nightshade, Broadleaf enchanter's nightshade

Scientific name:  Circaea lutetiana L.
Common name:  Enchanter's nightshade, Broadleaf enchanter's nightshade
Family:  Onagraceae, Evening primrose family

Circaea lutetiana, enchanter's nightshade, Broadleaf enchanter's nightshade

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Up to 28" (70 cms); leaf stalks hairy and round
Leaves:  Opposite simple leaves
Inflorescence:  Raceme, Loose cluster of stalked flowers more or less evenly spaced along the top of the stem, often with a few lateral racemes from the base of the cluster and/or the uppermost axils
Flowers:  2 notched white petals, 2 stamens and a 2-lobed stigma
Fruits / pods:  Capsule with 2 chambers and sticky hairs which catch on the fur of small animals
Flowering Period:  June, July, August
Habitat:  moist shady woodland

Circaea lutetiana, enchanter's nightshade, Broadleaf enchanter's nightshade


Derivation of the botanical name:
Circaea, the enchantress Circe of Greek mythology.
lutetia, the Latin name for Paris.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Circaea lutetiana, enchanter's nightshade, Broadleaf enchanter's nightshade


 
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