Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) P.H. Raven
subsp. sessiliflora (Micheli) P.H. Raven

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Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. sessiliflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam

Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. sessiliflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam

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Common names: Shrubby ludwigia (English)
Status: Native
Robust shrubby perennial herb, up to 3 m, sometimes woody at the base. Leaves variable in shape and size, from almost hairless to densely hairy (depending on the subspecies). Flowers showy but short-lived, yellow. Sepals and petals 4; stamens 8, short. Capsule pale brown with 8 darker ribs. This subspecies is best recognized by the long spreading hairs on the upper parts of the plant.
Notes: Subsp octovalvis is almost hairless or with short appressed hairs. Subsp. Subsp brevisepala has smaller, linear to narrowly lanceolate leaves and much smaller flowers.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet and swampy places along rivers lakes and marshes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:All year round
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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 336 - 338.

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Flora of Mozambique: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. sessiliflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ludwigia octovalvis
African Plant Database: Ludwigia octovalvis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ludwigia octovalvis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ludwigia octovalvis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ludwigia octovalvis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ludwigia octovalvis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ludwigia octovalvis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ludwigia octovalvis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ludwigia octovalvis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ludwigia octovalvis
Ispot Southern Africa: Ludwigia octovalvis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ludwigia octovalvis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ludwigia octovalvis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ludwigia octovalvis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ludwigia octovalvis
Tropicos: Ludwigia octovalvis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. sessiliflora., retrieved 19 March 2019

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