1. Lechea Minor L. Thyme-Leaved Pin-Weed

Fig. 2914

Lechea minor L. Sp. Pl. 90. 1753.

Lechea thymifolia Michx. Fl. Bor. Am. 1: 77. 1803.

Lechea novae-caesareae Aust.; A. Gray, Man. Ed. 5, 81. 1867.

Erect, 6'-2° high, freely branching above, more or less pilose-pubescent with appressed hairs throughout. Branches slender, erect or ascending; stem-leaves oval or oblong, 4"-7" long, 2"-3" wide, acutish or obtuse, ciliate, the upper smaller and often narrower than the lower; petioles 1" long; leaves of the basal shoots oval or oblong, obtusish, 3"-5" long, 2 1/2"-3" wide; panicle very leafy; flowers close together, somewhat secund; outer sepals longer than the inner and longer than the obovoid or globose pod.

In dry open grounds, eastern Massachusetts to Ontario, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana. Petals red-purple. Aug.-Sept.

1 Lechea Minor L Thyme Leaved Pin Weed 1256

2. Lechea Racemulˇsa Lam. Oblong-Fruited Pin-Weed

Fig. 2915

Lechea racemulosa Lam. Tabl. Encycl. 2: 432. pl. 281. f. 3. 1791.

Erect, 6'-18' high, freely branching above, slightly pubescent throughout with appressed hairs or at length nearly glabrous. Branches slender, divergent or ascending; leaves of the stem oblong or linear-oblong, obtuse or acutish, narrowed at the base, 4"-9" long, 1 1/2"-2" wide; leaves of the basal shoots oval or oblong. 2"-4" long, 1 1/2"-3" wide, obtuse; petioles about 1 ' long; panicle sparsely leafy, its branches spreading or ascending; flowers on slender divergent pedicels 1"-2" long; outer sepals equalling or shorter than the inner; pod oblong or ellipsoid.

In dry sandy and rocky soil, southeastern New York to Indiana, Florida and Tennessee. Ascends to 4200 ft. in North Carolina. July-Aug.

2 Lechea Racemul Sa Lam Oblong Fruited Pin Weed 12572 Lechea Racemul Sa Lam Oblong Fruited Pin Weed 1258

3. Lechea Vill˛sa Ell. Large Or Hairy. Pin-Weed

Fig. 2916

Lechea major Michx. Fl. Bor. Am. 1: 76. 1803.

Not L. 1753. Lechea villosa Ell. Bot. S. C. & Ga. 1: 184. 1817.

Erect, villous-pubescent with spreading hairs, 1°-2 1/2° high, branching above, leafy. Branches rather stout, ascending; leaves of the stem oblong-elliptic, obtuse, but pointed, 8"-12" long, 3"-5" wide; petioles 1/2" long; leaves of the basal shoots oval or oblong, obtuse, 3"-4" long, 2"-3" wide; branches of the panicle ascending, the ultimate branchlets often recurved; pedicels i" long; flowers more or less secund-scorpioid, close together; outer sepals about equalling the inner; pod depressed-globose, 1/2" in diameter.

In dry soil, Vermont and Massachusetts to southern Ontario and Nebraska, south to Florida, Texas and northern Mexico. Petals greenish purple. July-Aug.