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Ludwigia octovalvis Flower 1621

On August 6th I drove over to a sumpy place I know on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. One plant that regularly grows at the edge of the pond there is Ludwigia octovalvis, vernacular names for which include water primrose, narrow-leaf water primrose, Mexican primrose willow, and seedbox. Behold one of its pretty flowers.

To see the places in the southeastern United States where this species grows, you can check out the USDA map.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman


I’m out of town for a while. Of course you’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if it takes me longer than usual to respond.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 23, 2014 at 5:53 AM

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  1. Was für eine schöne Blüte !


    September 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    • I’ll agree that it’s a beautiful flower, Mathilda, and fortunately a fairly common one here wherever there is a small body of water for it to grow next to.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 23, 2014 at 7:34 AM

  2. What a lovely, textural photo, of this water primrose you have captured. It’s a joy to behold.

    Mary Mageau

    September 23, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    • Agreed: the crimped texture of the petals adds to our enjoyment of this little flower. And of course there’s that rich yellow which is everyone’s friend.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 23, 2014 at 7:37 AM

  3. so bright and yellow ^_^


    September 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

  4. Ludwigia! I was introduced to a Ludwigia this summer, standing nearly hip deep in water. Mine had tiny flowers hiding under the large leaves. An instant favorite.


    September 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    • An instant favorite: I like that, and I can understand why you felt that way. Do you happen to know what species of Ludwigia yours was?

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      • I’ll have to look it up. I noted it on the back of the photo and filed it away until I have time to do the drawing. I’ll look for it today 🙂


        September 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

  5. great contrast! Makes the heart sing.


    September 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

  6. Beautiful. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    September 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

  7. Very lovely flower and quite worthy of its namesake….although I am willing to bet we are talking about two different Ludwigs.

    Steve Gingold

    September 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

  8. Thank you for sending me daily reminders of the beauty to be found in nature. I look forward to my daily post as a shot of inspiration.


    September 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

  9. Love this! Love the yellow, so bright and cheery!


    September 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM

  10. One variety of Ludwigia (Ludwigia repens) is favored for use in aquariums. Even for a water-loving plant, that’s really sumpin’.


    September 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    • I believe I’ve seen that species, though it wasn’t at the dawning of the Age of Aquariums, but rather at a sump in north Austin.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

  11. What a beautiful photo to start Thursday.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    September 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

  12. Pure sunlight! 🙂


    September 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

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