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Purple Loosestrife: Freshwater Species of the Week

Today I flipped through a reference book called A Handbook of Global Freshwater Invasive Species (always a cheerful read). My eye was caught by purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.), since I have often encountered it on wetlands hikes around the country. Purple loosestrife is native to Eurasia, but has become an aggressive invader in North…