Creeping Waxweed
Cuphea carthagenesis, Syn: C. procumbens
Lythraceae (Loosestrife) Family


(Internet photo courtesy Southeastern Flora.com)

Creeping Waxweed is a sticky-hairy perennial herb to 28" tall. Its preferred habitat is fields, roadsides, stream banks, the margin of swampy areas, bogs, and roadsides. Distribution in the Escambia region is throughout.

The leaves are entire (no teeth and no lobes), slightly rough on the upper side and downy beneath. The form is short pointed, and nearly wedge-shaped at the base. The leaf stalks are hairy.

The flowers are solitary or in terminal spikes or racemes. The calyx is swollen or spurred on the top, 6-lobed with tiny teeth between the lobes. The flowers are bisexual in nature, and generally symmetrical in form. There will be 6 to 14 stamens, and the stigma is 2-lobed. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a capsule.

Creeping Waxweed is closely related to C. viscosissima.

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