Ludwigia helminthorrhiza

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Ludwigia helminthorrhiza
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Ludwigia
Species: L. helminthorrhiza
Binomial name
Ludwigia helminthorrhiza

Ludwigia helminthorrhiza, known commonly as floating Ludwigia,[1] originally known as Jussiaea natans Bonpl. or Jussiaea helminthorrhiza C. Martius is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Onagraceae. Native to south Mexico, Colombia[2] and South America,[3] its habitat includes wet, swampy localities.


L. helminthorrhiza grows from the water's edge into the water and along the stem and roots develops 1 - 1.2 cm long white rootlets which function as floating bodies to keep the main plant floating on the surface. At each nodus, the plant may develop roots, which may reach through the water to the bottom of the water. The flowers have white petals and oval to almost round shaped leaves.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand. "Schwimmende Ludwigie". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  2. ^ "BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser - Ludwigia helminthorrhiza {species}". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Catalogue of Life : Ludwigia helminthorrhiza (Mart.) Hara". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Life: Ludwigia helminthorrhiza