Definition of lousewort in English:


Syllabification: louse·wort
Pronunciation: /ˈlousˌwərt, -ˌwôrt


  • A partially parasitic herbaceous plant of the figwort family, typically favoring damp habitats. It is native to both Eurasia and North America and was formerly reputed to harbor lice.
    • Genus Pedicularis, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, including wood betony (P. canadensis) and swamp lousewort (P. lanceolata)
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    • Among the common wildflowers are one-flowered cinquefoil, woolly lousewort, alpine willowherb, three saxifrages, and an Indian paintbrush.
    • The lousewort grows mostly on north-facing riverbanks because the vegetation is less dense there.
    • Leafy lousewort may be found in open coniferous woods or in openings in the forest at timberline.

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