Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Rafinesque's seedbox
Ludwigia hirtella
Family: Onagraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Pine barrens, savannas, and sandy soil or peaty swamps.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are lance-linear, rounded at the tip and base and alternately arranged. The stems are spreading hairy. The fruit capsules are cubical in shape and pedicellate. Flower petals are yellow and appear attached to the top of the ovary.

Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction. Avoid degradation of water quality or changes in natural stream flow.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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