Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2420

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

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

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite or whorls of 3

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pink/ Purplish
Bisexual
5-toothed campanulate calyx, with 5 more secondary teeth
5 petals
10 stamens, of varying lengths
Superior ovary
Flowers in dense cymes in upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Dark brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

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 (1968) 135-04-001:
Decodon verticillatus   FAMILY Lythraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Water-oleander, Water-willow, Swamp Loosestrife, Peatweed


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image of Decodon verticillatus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_deve_001_lvd

        

image of Decodon verticillatus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_deve_004_lvd

        

image of Decodon verticillatus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdverticill_ditchpond1

August?    Aiken County    SC

Leaves lanceolate, opposite or more often in whorls of 3 or 4, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Decodon verticillatus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdverticill_ditchpond2

August?    Aiken County    SC

Petals usually more than 10mm long; styles exserted to 20mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.