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Ludwigia peploides

Citation: Raven, Reinwardtia 6:393 (1963) subsp. montevidensis (Sprengel) Raven, Reinwardtia 6:395 (1963).

Synonymy: Jussiaea peploides Kunth in Humb., Bonpl. & Kunth, Nov. Gen et Sp. Pl. 6:97 (1823); J. montevidensis Sprengel, Syst. Veg. 2:232 (1825); J. repens sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 640 (1952), non L. (1753).

Common name: Water primrose, clove-strip.

Perennial herbs with prostrate to decumbent branches to 1.5 m long, growing on mud or floating on shallow water with adventitious roots produced at the nodes and sometimes modified as floats, glabrous at first, becoming hairy when flowering; leaves with petioles 0.3-3 cm long; lamina obovate, oblanceolate to elliptic, 0.5-0.6 x 0.3-2.5 cm, obtuse to truncate, usually with a long-cuneate base, entire.

Inflorescence raceme-like, with stalked flowers in the axils of leaf-like bracts and with 2 bracteoles at the base of each flower; floral tube 2-3 mm long, densely covered with long hairs on the inside; sepals linear-lanceolate, 5-12 mm long, acute or pointed, spreading, green often tinged red; petals obovate, 7-15 mm long, rounded to truncate, bright-yellow; stamens with the filaments shortly attached to the deciduous petals; anthers basifixed, 1-2 mm long, yellow; ovary inferior, 5-celled, with numerous ovules in each locule; style hairy, with a broad capitate stigma; fruit indehiscent and gradually disintegrating, with sepals eventually deciduous.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 534.

Distribution:  In and around shallow water.

  Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.   Native in western North America and widespread in South America.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Dec. — April.

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