Ludwigia palustris (L.) Ell.

Water Purslane

Ludwigia palustris plant

Family - Onagraceae

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Ludwigia palustris stem

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Ludwigia palustris leaves

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Ludwigia palustris flowerFlower.

Ludwigia palustris calyxCalyx.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Shallow water, muddy pond margins, slow streams, ditches, swamps, spring branches.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout much of Missouri but is absent from most of the northern 1/4 of the state. The plant can be identified by its wet habitat, opposite stems, and tiny greenish flowers.
L. palustris is cultivated as an aquarium plant and grows easily with little care. The stems root at the nodes and typically only the tips are ascending.

Photographs taken near Angel Mounds, Evansville, IN., 8-5-06.