Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 11 taxa in the family Lythraceae, Loosestrife family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon Common Name: Toothcup, Lowland Rotala
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rotala ramosior   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rotala ramosior   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rotala ramosior 135-01-001   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in marshes, ditches, exposed drawdown muds and silts

Common (uncommon in GA & NC Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Roundleaf Toothcup, Dwarf Rotala
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Rotala rotundifolia   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rotala rotundifolia   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in disturbed wet areas

Rare

Non-native: Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Red Toothcup, Scarlet Toothcup, valley redstem
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Ammannia coccinea   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Ammannia coccinea   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Ammannia coccinea 135-02-001   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in marshes, ditches, exposed muddy river shores and banks, wet pine flatwoods, other wet places

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Didiplis diandra, Water-purslane need picture of leaf or frond of Didiplis diandra, Water-purslane need picture of flower of Didiplis diandra, Water-purslane need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Didiplis diandra, Water-purslane need picture of fruit of Didiplis diandra, Water-purslane
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Common Name: Water-purslane
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Didiplis diandra   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Didiplis diandra   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Peplis diandra 135-03-001   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in stagnant water of pools, streams, and old beaverponds

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Water-oleander, Water-willow, Swamp Loosestrife, Peatweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Decodon verticillatus   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Decodon verticillatus   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Decodon verticillatus 135-04-001   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in natural lakes, limesink ponds, peatlands, peaty swamps, not known in the Piedmont or Mountains of NC or SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Purple Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lythrum salicaria   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lythrum salicaria   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lythrum salicaria 135-05-002   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in swamps, marshes, other wet places

Rare here, but aggressively colonizing wetlands in ne US

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Northern Winged Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lythrum alatum   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lythrum alatum var. alatum   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in calcareous meadows, marl fens, and disturbed wet calcareous places

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cuphea viscosissima   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cuphea viscosissima   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cuphea viscosissima 135-06-001   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in dry or wet places, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Colombian Waxweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cuphea carthagenensis   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cuphea carthagenensis   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISSPELLED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cuphea carthagensis 135-06-002   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it in marshes, ditches, floodplain forests, wet hammocks, other wet places

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Non-native: South America

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Crape-myrtle
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lagerstroemia indica   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lagerstroemia indica   FAMILY: Lythraceae

 

Look for it where it is persistent around old plantings, weakly spreading

Rare in the wild, commonly cultivated, persistent & weakly spreading

Non-native: Asia

 


drawing of Trapa natans, European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop need picture of leaf or frond of Trapa natans, European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop need picture of flower of Trapa natans, European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Trapa natans, European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop need picture of fruit of Trapa natans, European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop
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Common Name: European Water Chestnut, Water Caltrop
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Trapa natans   FAMILY: Lythraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Trapa natans   FAMILY: Trapaceae

 

Look for it in farm ponds and other stagnant or slow-moving water

Rare

Non-native: Eurasia & Africa

 


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