Ludwigia palustris

Common Name(s): Marsh seedbox, water purslane

Native to Florida

This smallish native primrose willow is frequent in the marshes, swamps and pond margins of northern Florida, south to the central peninsula. It blooms from spring to fall (Wunderlin, 2003). Of the thirty or so Ludwigia species in Florida, only four have opposite leaves. This species has opposite leaves, and might be confused with Ludwigia repens, except that L. repens has more rounded, spatula-shaped leaves which are reddish underneath.

This species occurs throughout most of the U.S. and Canada (Kartesz, 1999).

marsh seedboxView the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.

For brief control information, see Efficacy of Herbicide Active Ingredients Against Aquatic Weeds by K. Langeland, M. Netherland, and W. Haller.