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 (lous′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of numerous hemiparasitic plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of irregular, usually hooded or beaked flowers.

[From the belief that sheep feeding on it were prone to lice.]


(Plants) any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowers. See also betony3


(ˈlaʊsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any plant of the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, with pinnate leaves of yellow or purple flowers.
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A shockingly pink woolly lousewort that makes our naturalist guide squeal with delight.
Swamp Lousewort, Fen Lousewort, Fen Betony; Wet roadside ditch and meadow; Infrequent; C = 6; BSUH 14684.
The flower of the lousewort has a corolla, which is two-lipped.
Lousewort Pedicularis lanata Mare's tail Hippuris vulgaris Purple rattle Pedicularis sudetica Crow foot Ranunculus spp.
microfauna (and flora) as the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis), the furbish lousewort (Pedicularis furbishiae), and the snail darter (Percina tanasi) received
html (noting that "[l]izards and lousewort enjoy greater attention and legal protection" than the child en ventre sa mere).
leaves from bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); willow herb (Chamaenerion angustifolium); Lapland lousewort (Pedicularis lapponica); goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea); tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia caespitosa); three-leafed rush (Juncus trifidus); and stiff sedge (Carex bigelowii).
Ninety two percent of those surveyed favored protecting the bald eagle, 74 percent were in favor of protecting the crocodile, 47 percent thought protecting the indigo snake was worthwhile, 42 percent expressed support for the Furbish lousewort, and 38 percent supported the Kauai wolf spider.
In outcrops it was a perennial lousewort, Pedicularis semibarbata, and in clearings it was a small spring annual, Collinsia torreyi (both are Scrophulariaceae).