Hypericum scouleri subsp. scouleri
Family: Hypericaceae
Scouler's St. Johnswort
[Hypericum formosum subsp. scouleri (Hook.) C.L. Hitchc.,  more]
Hypericum scouleri subsp. scouleri image
Max Licher  
Welsh et al. 1993, Martin and Hutchins 1980
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Erect herbaceous perennial with stems 30-70 cm tall, herbage glandular-punctate, stems simple below, branched above. Leaves: Opposite and sessile, oval or elliptic, 1-3.5 cm long, , usually obtuse, black dotted along margins. Flowers: Few to many in loosely leafy, branching cymes, with 5 ovate sepals 2-5 mm long, 5 petals bright yellow, 6-15 mm long, obovate, numerous stamens in 3-5 clusters. Fruits: Dehiscent capsule about 8 mm long. Ecology: Found in moist soil in damp meadows or forests to along streams from 4,500-9,000 (1372-2743 m); flowers July-September. Notes: Distinctive along streams for its 5 bright yellow petals and the many stamens clumped in 3-5 clumps. Ethnobotany: Used to bathe aching feet, for perfume, for swellings, cuts, or wounds, for toothache, for toothache, and as a mood tonic. Etymology: Hypericum comes from the Greek hyper for above and eikon for picture, a practice of placing flowers above a picture of St. John to ward off evil, while formosum means finely formed. Synonyms: Hypericum formosum Editor: SBuckley, 2010