Monday, September 13, 2010

Large-flower Primrose-willow (Ludwigia grandiflora)

Ludwigia grandiflora is known by the common names Large-flower Primrose-willow, Water Primrose, or Uruguayan Primrose-willow. At Fort Yargo State Park it is an aquatic plant that grows on the water by the woods on the south side of the inlet by the Old Fort (segment 11). It begins to bloom in mid June.

Large-flower Primrose-willow growing at the lake edge by the Old Fort in Fort Yargo State Park.

A flower, almost opened.

Closer view of a fully opened flower.

Close up of a fully opened flower.

At the end of the season, the plants may send up vertical branches. It dies back in the winter.

Ludwigia grandiflora
(Large-flower Primrose-willow) is native to South America. In the United State, it grows along watercourses south from New York state south to Floria, west to Texas and north to Missouri and Kentucky. It also grows in California, Oregon and Washington state.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Ludwigia grandiflora (Large-flower Primrose-willow)

Identification resources:

- Duke University: Ludwigia grandiflora

- North Carolina Department of Envrionmental and Natural Resources, Aquatic Weed Control: Creeping Water Primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora)

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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