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Phryma leptostachya, or lopseed
Fitz Flohr Reynolds
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Phryma leptostachya, or lopseed

Phryma leptostachya, or lopseed, is a perennial herb. of the genus Phryma, native to eastern North America (roughly, everywhere east of the Rocky Mountains) and Asia (Japan, Nepal, India and West Pakistan), and consists of either one or two species, depending on whether the American and Asian species are considered separate or not.

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