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Martin, Edwin M.
Ludwigia alternifolia L.
USDA Symbol: LUAL2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A many-branched, smooth-stemmed plant with 1 short-stalked, yellow flower in each upper leaf axil.
The few other species of seedboxes in the East have sessile leaves. Seedboxes are mostly wetland plants and bear distinctive, box-like fruit, square on top and filled with many seeds. Other members of the genus do not have such fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
Ontario; Massachusetts and New York south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Native Habitat:
Swamps and wet soil. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff