Ludwigia palustris marsh-purslane Onagraceae LUPA; Bx, br, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q, cu, j, wl; R, gr, js, lp, t, w, wt;



Ludwigia (Accessed 4/2014).

Ludwigia palustris is a perennial herb, small, floating or creeping, stems prostrate, colonial from stem fragments and rooting at nodes, stems 10-60 cm long (Radford et al. 1968), weak, often reddish in full sun. 

Leaves opposite, stalk to 2.5 cm long, blade 0.5-3 cm long, 2 cm wide, elliptic to egg-shaped, tip pointed, base narrowed to stalk, often reddish where exposed to sun. 

Flowers green, tiny, no petals, 4-parted, sepals 0.1 cm long, egg-shaped, tips pointed; stamens 4, white, ovary inferior surrounded by 4-sided hypanthium; in leaf axils; blooms and fruits June-Oct. 

Fruit green banded, 0.2-0.4 cm long, 0.2 cm wide (Radford et al. 1968), bluntly 4-sided; splitting open to release seeds. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional (more common than indicated by collections). 

Ludwigia palustris.Andrea

Ludwigia palustris.flowering.Andrea (Accessed 2/2015).

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Shallow water and wet soil, open areas, part shade, pond edges; tolerant of anaerobic, low nutrient soils, pH 5-8.5. Intolerant of salt and full shade (USDA, NRCS 2006).