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Ludwigia palustris (L.) Elliot
Family Onagraceae
Ludwigia palustris (L.) Elliot APNI*

Description: Glabrous herb with branched stems ascending or floating procumbent, rooting freely at the nodes.

Leaves opposite, broad-elliptic to ± ovate, mostly 1–6 cm long, 4–23 mm wide, base tapering; petiole 5–25 mm long.

Flowers axillary, usually paired, bracteoles minute or absent. Sepals 4, triangular. Petals absent. Stamens 4.

Fruit oblong, 4-angled, 2–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, readily dehiscent; seeds in each loculus in several rows, free.


Flowering: summer and autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised along river banks of the upper Murray R. Native of N Hemisphere and Africa
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic.
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Dalby
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


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