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Micranthemum umbrosum

Micranthemum umbrosum (J.F. Gmel.) S.F. Blake

Baby's Tears, Shade Mudflower

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Synonym(s): Globifera umbrosa, Hemianthus callitrichoides


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Mat-forming, up to about 2 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Swamps, margins of ponds, lakes and sluggish streams, wet ditches.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Micranthemum umbrosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Micranthemum umbrosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Micranthemum umbrosum


Record Modified: 2020-11-09
Research By: CBR

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