Ludwigia adscendens (L.) H. Hara
subsp. diffusa (Forssk.) P.H. Raven

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Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no.8 between no.4 and no.11, Gorongosa National Park

Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain Edge, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Jussiaea diffusa Forssk.
Jussiaea repens L.
Ludwigia stolonifera (Guill. & Perr.) P.H. Raven
Common names: Creeping ludwigia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial creeping herb, rooting at the nodes, sometimes a floating aquatic. Stems often purple-red, prostrate or ascending. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, shiny dark green. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils, pale yellow with a darker spot at the base of the petals. Sepals and petals 5; stamens 10. Fruit a capsule, light brown with 10 conspicuous dark brown ribs.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet places.
Altitude range: Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Africa and from Israel and Lebanon to Iraq.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 21 May 2012

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 220. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 300. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 65.

Raven, P.H. (1978). Onagraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 337 - 342. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90. as Ludwigia adscendens diffusa

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 221. also as Ludwigia adscendens diffusa

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Flora of Botswana: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa
Flora of Caprivi: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa
Flora of Malawi: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa
Flora of Zambia: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ludwigia adscendens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ludwigia adscendens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ludwigia adscendens
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Wikipedia: Ludwigia adscendens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ludwigia adscendens subsp. diffusa., retrieved 30 October 2020

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