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Erect, 8'-24' high, branching above, sparingly strigose-pubescent. Branches erect or ascending, short, slender; leaves of the stem oblong-linear, 6"-14" long, 1"-2 1/2" wide, acute, nearly sessile, leaves of the basal shoots oblong-linear, shorter than those of the stem, 4"-5" long, 1" wide, somewhat larger than those of L. Leggettii; pedicels 1"-2" long, slender; outer sepals about equalling the inner; capsule subglobose or depressed-globose, about 1" in diameter.
In dry open places, especially in hilly or mountainous regions, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Nova Scotia, northern New York, Ontario, Wisconsin and Michigan. Leaves of the basal shoots full-grown in October or November. Petals brownish purple. July-Aug.
Lechea juniperina Bicknell, Bull. Torr. Club 24: 88.
Tufted, 4'-2o' high, finely hoary to canescent. Branches short, ascending or erect, leafy, ap-pressed, forming a dense narrow panicle; stem-leaves numerous, ascending or appressed, glabrous, except the midrib and margins, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, 5"-10" long, 1"-2" wide; flowers numerous, crowded; pedicels 1/2"-1 1/2" long; fruiting calyx ovoid-ellipsoid, \" long; inner sepals elliptic, nerveless or faintly 3-nerved, often deep purple, the outer shorter, bright green; leaves of basal shoots oblong or elliptic, 2"-3" long, 1/2-1" wide.
Coast of Nova Scotia to New Hampshire. Aug. Petals brownish red. The basal shoots do not appear until September.
Lechea stricta Leggett; Britton, Bull. Torr. Club 21: 251. 1894.
Erect, I2'-i6' high, densely and fastigiately branched, densely strigose-canescent, pale, very bushy. Branches slender, ascending or nearly erect; leaves of the stem linear-oblong, 6"-12" long, 1/2"-1" wide, acute or bluntish; leaves of the basal shoots linear-oblong, much smaller than those of the stem, 2"-3" long, 1/2 wide or less, acute; pedicels slender, 1"-1 1/2" long; outer sepals shorter than or equalling the inner; capsule sub-globose to oval, 1/2"-1" in diameter.
In open dry places, western New York to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. July-Aug.