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Cuphea viscosissima  Jacq.
Cherokee County, Kansas
Height: 4-24 inches
Family: Lythraceae - Loosestrife Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September,October
Also Called: Clammy cuphea.
Stems: Erect, often purplish-red, much-branched; branches ascending; upper stem with sticky hairs throughout.
Leaves: Opposite, entire, lanceolate to ovate, 2/5 to 2 inches long, 1/5 to 3/5 inch wide, glandular-hairy; tip pointed; stalk 1/8 to 3/5 inch long, with sticky, purplish hairs.
Inflorescences: Solitary or paired flowers in upper leaf axils.
Flowers: Short-stalked; hypanthium tubular, 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, deep purple, covered with dense, purple, sticky glandular hairs; ribs 12, prominent; base swollen on 1 side; calyx teeth 6; petals 6, purple or magenta, 1/12 to 1/5 inch long, dissimilar; upper 2 petals larger than bottom 3; stamens 11-12, of unequal lengths; style slender; stigma 2-lobed.
Fruits: Capsule, ellipsoid, enclosed by persistent calyx, splitting longitudinally on upper side at maturity; seeds 7-10, broadly egg-shaped or nearly round, 1/12 to 1/10 inch long, flattened, brown, slightly notched at end.
Habitat: Roadsides, open woods, prairies, fields; dry soils.
Distribution: East 1/5, generally south of Kansas River, and Coffey County, Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Blue waxweed is a weedy species.

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