Slender Seedbox
(Savannah Seedbox - Savannah Primrose Willow)
Ludwigia virgata
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose) Family

Plant is an upright, little-branched perennial that reaches a height of no more than three feet. Roots are swollen. Preferred habitat is swales, sloughs, bogs, savannas and ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves have no leaf stalks; linear to lance-like or narrowly widest at the middle.

Flowers are in a terminal cluster; bisexual; symmetrical in shape. Calyx is tubular; lobed; four petals; narrowly funnel shaped; four stamens and four sepals. Sepals are egg-shaped and reflexed. Style is about one inch long. Flowering occurs in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The related L. maritima has sepals that are egg-shaped in form and reflexed (curved backward); L. hirtella has sepals that are lance-like and spreading erect. Further, the style of maritima and hirtella is extremely short to less than 1/4 inch. The flower is quite similar in appearance.

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