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Genus: Ludwigia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Onagraceae

Eighty-five species worldwide (mainly South America), with eight species native to southern Africa, one that is naturalised, and a further species that is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Ludwigia abyssinica


Ludwigia adscendens

[= Ludwigia stolonifera]

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ludwigia erecta


Ludwigia leptocarpa

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ludwigia octovalvis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ludwigia palustris


Ludwigia perennis


Ludwigia senegalensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Ludwigia polycarpaea


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Ludwigia peruviana

[= Jussiaea peruviana]

Native from Florida to Chile.



Hippotion balsaminae (caterpillar of Balsam Striped Hawkmoth)

A large caterpillar with eye spots that eats the leaves.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)




  • Goldblatt, P. & Raven, P.H. 1997. FSA contributions 9: Onagraceae. Bothalia 27: 149-165.

  • Raven, P.H. 1963. The Old World species of Ludwigia (including Jussiaea), with a synopsis of the genus (Onagraceae). Reinwardtia 6: 327-427.


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