MMuhlenberg College


Graver Home

 
Virtual Tour
Collections


Ludwigia palustris

Common Name: Marsh seedbox, Water purslane, False loosestrife
Family: Onagraceae
  


Entry Author:  C. Westring
Description:  Aquatic plant primarily off shorelines
Leaves: 
Oval shaped to elliptical, approximately 1-2.5 cm long; glabrous; shiny green or reddish
Flowers: 
Inconspicuous, stalkless, located in leaf base, 4 greenish outer sepals (1.1-2 mm), no petals
Seeds: 
Whitish or yellowish-brown, curved-oblong, 0.5-0.9 mm long
Stem:  Creeping and rooting at the nodes, simply to freely branched; rather succulent
Branching Pattern:
   Opposite
Height:  50 cm
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Shallow water or mud of ponds, lakes, streams, ditches and round springs
Range:  Most of the United States, except the Rocky Mountain area
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:  Not threatened
Uses (Human):  Used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic coughs

References:

Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains.  February 23, 2005.  Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  Accessed: December 21, 2005.  <http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/vascplnt/species/lpal.htm>

Floating Mat Rooted Plants.  December 1, 2005.  Washington State Department of Ecology: Water Quality Programs.  Accessed December 21, 2005. <http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/plantid2/descriptions/ludhex.html>

Plants for a Future.  June 2004.  Accessed:  December 21, 2005.  <http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Ludwigia+palustris>

This page was created by: C. Westring, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/21/05