Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Annual Water Purslane Plant

Water Purslane (Lythrum Portula, synonym: Peplis Portula) is an annual plant of the loosestrife family (Lythraceae). It is found in Eurasia.

The plant is 5-25 cm high and has a 10 cm long, creeping, often reddish stems. The stems rooting easy. The leaves are crosswise to the stem with a rounded top. The plant resembles the water spoon (Ludwigia palustris), but has leaves with a pointed tip. The seedlings floating in the water.

Plants that thrive in shallow water are not. In other places water purslane flowers from June until autumn to reddish purple or whitish, hermaphroditic flowers. The six petals are about 1 mm long, sepals about as long as the bijkelkslippen. The flowers are in the leaf axils.

The fruit is a capsule.

Water purslane occurs on dry open cases, moderately wet and nutrient poor and sandy loam soils. Also, the plants in shallow water.

Names in other languages:

• German: Sumpfquendel

• English: Water purslane, Spatulaleaf loosestrife

• French: Pour Pier d'eau


See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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