- any plant belonging to the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, as the wood betony, formerly supposed to cause lice in sheep feeding on it: one species, P. furbishiae (Furbish lousewort), of parts of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, having finely toothed leaves and a cluster of yellow flowers, is endangered and was thought to be extinct until specimens were discovered in 1946 and again in 1976.
Origin of lousewort
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The flowers of this Lousewort are yellowish and occur in crowded heads on low spreading stems, 4-6 in.Flowers of Mountain and Plain
Edith S. Clements
The Lousewort is a small plant and does not rise very far above the ground.
The stem of the Lousewort is hairy, and the leaves grow very close to it.
- any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowersSee also betony (def. 3)
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