Road to Golden Spike,
Box Elder County, Utah
- ©Nicky Davis
is named for Christian Mentzel, a 17th century German botanist.
(lee-vih-KAHL-iss or lay-vih-KAHL-iss) means with smooth stems. The
closes in the heat of the day. The stamen are nearly as long as
petals which are from 1-3 inches long and the leaves and stems have
that stick to clothing and animal fur. Thus, they are sometimes called
stickleleaf. Montana's Native Americans dug the roots before the
plant flowered and used them to lower fevers.
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