Lopseed, Phryma leptostachya
Phrymaceae or Lopseed Family
An obscure little plant, easily missed. About 1 to 3 feet tall. Lavender flowers, about 1/4 inches long, in pairs on a long, naked spike. As the flowers develop into the fruits, which are small capsules, they bend downward and press against the flowerstalk.
Leaves are in pairs near the ground, egg-shaped, pointed, and coarsely double-toothed. Blooms in summer.
A native woodland plant of rich woods. Probably common in the woods on both sides of the Park, but easily overlooked.
Not likely to be confused with anything else in the Park; the paired flowers and oddly pressed fruits are distinctive..