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Peruvian Primrose Willow It's a pretty flower, but it is unfortunately invasive in Florida.  This one caught my eye because they typically have four petals, but this one has five. Geotagged,Ludwigia peruviana,Oakland Nature Preserve,Peruvian Primrose Willow,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Peruvian Primrose Willow

It's a pretty flower, but it is unfortunately invasive in Florida. This one caught my eye because they typically have four petals, but this one has five.

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  1. species added - all set for you to ID Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 4 years ago
    2. There are 30 species of Ludwigia occurring in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). This could be another species with 5 petals and 10 stamens.
      http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/242
      http://texasnature.net/plantae/ludwigia.html
      http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?state=FL&famiglia=Onagraceae&genere=Ludwigia
      Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
      1. This flower was on the same plant with four-petaled flowers:
        Peruvian Primrose Willow with the customary four petals A four-petaled flower with a visitor. Geotagged,Ludwigia peruviana,Peruvian Primrose Willow,Spring,United States
        , and the vast majority of the other flowers were also four-petaled.

        It's most similar to Ludwigia octovalvis, but this plant has wide leaves and the L. octovalvis has much narrower leaves and apparently does not normally bloom until July.
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. That is unusual, but obviously possible. It is also mentioned in the description that it may have 4 or 5 petals. Posted 4 years ago
    3. Thanks for creating the species, morpheme. Note that if you create it, you might as well identify it right away. If it leads to any species or country intros, those will still count for the photographer, so you're not robbing anyone of anything. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Very well composed, Meryl, by the book as they say! Posted 4 years ago

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a large long-lived wetland shrub much-branched stems usually growing 2-4 m tall. Its younger stems and leaves are hairy. its alternately arranged leaves (5-12 cm long and 1-3 cm wide) are have prominent veins.

Its flowers (2-4 cm across) are borne singly and have four or five bright yellow petals and four or five persistent sepals. its reddish or brownish fruit (10-25 mm long and 6-10 mm wide) are four-angled and hairy.

Similar species: Myrtales
Species identified by Meryl Green
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By Meryl Green

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Uploaded Apr 16, 2015. Captured Apr 15, 2015 12:33 in 10 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34787, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • f/5.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 135mm