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Ludwigia suffruticosa Walter. Section: Isnardia. Shrubby Seedbox. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Periodically to seasonally flooded portions of limesink ponds (dolines) and pondcypress savannas of clay-based Carolina bays, other seasonally ponded wetlands. Dist: Se. NC south to s. peninsular FL, west to Panhandle FL and se AL.

ID notes: Easily distinguished by the clustered flowers, lacking petals but with showy sepals (usually white, cream, pale green, pink, or mixtures of those colors).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: This species is tetraploid (n = 16).

Other Comments: Peng (1989) reports that "with its whitish creamy sepals, which are very showy in the dense flower aggregates, the cross-pollinating L. suffruticosa successfully attracts many insects, mostly bumblebees, honeybees, and wasps".

Synonymy: = Fl4, FNA10, GW2, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, S13, WH3, Peng (1989), Wagner, Hoch, & Raven (2007); = Ludwigia capitata Michx.

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Heliophily ?: 9

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