One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A partially parasitic herbaceous plant of the figwort family, typically favouring damp habitats. It is native to both Eurasia and North America and was formerly reputed to harbour lice.
- ‘Now the engineers have proudly announced the discovery of no fewer than five clumps of louseworts safely beyond the proposed dam site.’
- ‘The lousewort grows mostly on north-facing riverbanks because the vegetation is less dense there.’
- ‘Among the common wildflowers are one-flowered cinquefoil, woolly lousewort, alpine willowherb, three saxifrages, and an Indian paintbrush.’
- ‘Leafy lousewort may be found in open coniferous woods or in openings in the forest at timberline.’
- ‘Swamp lousewort, however, is a taller, more upright plant, and its leaves have no stalk or only a very short stalk.’
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